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During the past two years the Institute has added more than four hundred names to its roll of membership, notwithstanding the fact that the meetings were held within little more than one hundred miles of each other. The General Secretary considers it perfectly feasible to secure at least four hundred more during the Chicago Congress, and expects to labor earnestly and persistently to that end. He suggests that all societies, State and local, appoint committees to canvass their membership to secure larger representation in the National Society. This work should begin now. Blanks will be forwarded on application. College faculties should endeavor to secure members from among their alumni, and thus enhance their collegiate influence in Institute Councils.
The Institute has adopted a resolution requesting investigations on the subject of "Comparative Mortality Statistics” in all our larger cities. One of our largest cities is already taking measures to this end through its county society.
All reports secured should be communicated to Dr. T. F. Smith, 264 Lenox Avenue, New York City.
PEMBERTON DUDLEY, M. D., General Secretary.
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF HOMEOPATHY - BUREAU OF
MATERIA MEDICA AND THERAPEUTICS. The following circular has been issued by this Bureau. Any practitioner having definite views upon this vital topic is requested to join in the symposium and correspond with the secretary.
Dear Doctor :- In organizing the work of this Bureau for the year 1894,- the session of 1893 will be omitted because of the Congress during the World's Fair-we think that at least half of the whole day's session of this Bureau should be given over to a thorough discussion of the best methods of studying and teaching materia medica. In order to elevate and dignify this important topic, and place it where it belongs in the very forefront of homeopathy, we respectfully solicit answers from you, as we do from all teachers of our materia medica the world over, to all the following questions :
1. What advice do you give concerning materia medica to a student beginning medicine by a year's preliminary study?
2. Which is the best method of teaching materia medica : (a) For the preceptor to his student; (b) for the teacher to his classes in the college; (c) give an outline of your method of studying or teaching a drug in the class-room?
3. Which is the best place for teaching therapeutics : (1)
hospital, (2) dispensary, (3) clinic, (4) class-room, or (5) bedside, and how should it be done?
4. Do you teach the potency of the remedy studied? If not, why not? If you do, how do you explain the potency you advocate?
5. When should the Organon be taught, and how ? This does not involve a long essay, unless you desire to contribute such to the Bureau over and above these answers. Please give this your prompt attention, in order that a complete résumé of how our therapeutics are taught may be carefully prepared.
Wm. E. LEONARD, M. D., Secretary. 608 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, Minn.
MASSACHUSETTS HOMEOPATHIC MEDICAL SOCIETY. The semi-annual meeting of the Massachusetts Homeopathic Medical Society was held at the College building, East Concord street, Boston, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. II and 12, 1892.
The preliminary meeting was called to order Tuesday evening at half-past seven o'clock, by the President, L. D. Packard, M.D.
The records of the last meeting having been read and approved, the following candidates were elected to membership: J. Francis Bothfield, M.D., Westborough ; Ellen L. Keith, M.D., Westborough; Will Wallace Nutting, M.D., Lowell; Frank W. Patch, M.D., South Framingham; George Alson Suffa, M.D., Boston ; Frank C. Walker, M.D., Taunton; Henrik G. Peterson, M.D., Boston, James R. Cocke, M.D., Boston; F. E. Constane, M.D., Brockton.
Dr. Charles L. Nichols, of Worcester, then delivered an eloquent and interesting oration having for its subject, “The Higher Education and Medicine,” for which he received the thanks of the society.
An enjoyable feature of the evening was a social lunch, served at the new Dispensary immediately after adjournment.
Wednesday morning, at nine o'clock, the members were received at the Massachusetts Homeopathic Hospital by the resident physician, Dr. Thomas M. Strong, and the chairman of the Medical Board, Dr. I. T. Talbot, presented briefly some interesting facts in regard to the hospital and its work.
At 9.30, Dr. Horace Packard demonstrated successfully the use of his apparatus for administering ether by etherated air. Dr. Alonzo Boothby, the attending surgeon for the quarter, then performed a laparotomy, making explanatory remarks as he proceeded.
At ten o'clock the society assembled in the general lecture
room of the college, and the meeting was opened by the following Report of the Committee on Gynæcology, Martha E. Mann, M.D., Chairman.
1. “Notes on a Case of Double Uterus. Ectopic Gestation : Report of Six Cases,” by Horace Packard, M.D.
2. “Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer of the Uterus," by Geo. R. Southwick, M.D.
3. “Dispensary Practice Compared with Private Practice," by Adaline B. Church, M.D. 4. “An Inquiry," by Lucy C. Hill, M.D.
DISCUSSION. Dr. L. A. Phillips said that Dr. Packard's paper had raised some question in his mind. He doubted that in ectopic gestation impregnation always occurs within the tube. If so, why is the placenta sometimes found attached outside the tube?
He also doubted that hæmatocele is invariably due to rupture of the sac resulting from ectopic gestation. Thought it might be due to other causes. The statement that septicæmia occurred in extra-uterine pregnancy was contrary to the idea that the external air is necessary to this process.
Dr. J. Heber Smith quoted a case of hæmatocele apparently due to a fall. Of course he could not say positively that there was not ectopic pregnancy previous to the fall.
After some further discussion the Bureau closed, and brief remarks were made by Dr. J. C. Gannett, Secretary of the Maine Homeopathic Medical Society, Dr. W. S. Thompson, of Augusta, Me., and Dr. Thurber, of. Providence, R. I.
Other visitors present were Dr. William E. Fellows, President of the Maine Homeopathic Medical Society, Dr. H. C. Bradford, of Lewiston, Me., Dr. H. H. Darling, of Keene, N. H.
Report of the Committee on Ophthalmology, Otology, Rhin ology, and Laryngology, Howard P. Bellows, M.D., Chairman.
1. “Deafness as a Sequel of Mumps,” by Howard P. Bellows, M.D.
2. “Location of Pain in Headaches; an Important Factor in Determining the Nature of the Ametropia,” by John H. Payne, M.D.
3. “The Importance of Correcting Slight Degrees of Astigmatism, with Illustrative Cases,” by L. Houghton Kimball, M.D.
4. “Diseases of the Larynx," by D. G. Woodvine, M.D. 5. “Reflex Tinnitus and Otalgia," by August A. Klein, M.D.
These papers, although of unusual interest, were not discussed.
After a light lunch at noon, the meeting was called to order again at 12.30, and Dr. J. M. Barton, Chairman, presented
the following Report of the Committee on Materia Medica :
1. “Each Man His Own Bookmaker in Materia Medica," by Conrad Wesselhoeft, M.D.
2. “Colchicum ; Its Pathogenesy as Related to Cholera," by J. P. Sutherland, M.D
3. "Poisoning by One of the California Arachnida," by J. Heber Smith, M.D.
4. “Experience with the Schüssler Tissue Remedies," by J. M. Barton, M.D.
DISCUSSION. Dr. A. J. French, discussing Dr. Sutherland's paper, reminded the members that the cause of cholera was a bacillus which no agent yet known could kill. Did not believe that colchicum had this power, and therefore doubted its efficacy in the cure of this disease.
Dr. J. Heber Smith said that he should not use colchicum with much faith in the treatment of cholera. For himself should rely upon cuprum acet., 3.
Dr. Sutherland admonished the members not to give up similia similibus in the treatment of cholera because of the "bug."
Dr. Barton spoke of kali phos. as being possibly applicable in cholera beause of its being curative of collapse.
About this time it was announced that an “emergency case." had been brought to the hospital, and many of the members availed themselves of Dr. Boothby's invitation to witness an amputation at the shoulder.
Report of the Committee on Surgery, Alonzo Boothby, M.D., Chairman.
1. “Conservative Treatment of Appendicitis," by J. W. Hayward, M.D.
2. “Three Cases of Appendicitis,” by Nathaniel W. Emer
3. “Twenty-five Hundred Surgical Cases in Roxbury Homeopathic Dispensary,” by A. H. Powers, M.D.
4. "Treatment of Tumors of the Breast by Electricity," by W. L. Jackson, M.D.
5. “Some Uses of Electrolysis in the Treatment of Cutaneous Blemishes," by Fred'k W. Elliot, M.D.
6. “Club-Foot Patients Treated by a New Method," by Geo. H. Earl, M.D.
7. "Report of Case ; Fracture of the Unciform Bone by a Fall," by Frank A. Gardner, M.D.
8. "What I Have Found in Palpating the Abdomen Where No Abdominal Growth Was Suspected,” by J. R. Cocke, M.D.
9. “Foreign Bodies in the Tissues,” by I. T. Talbot, M.D.
10. “Surgical Diseases of the Antrum of Highmore,” by J. Emmons Briggs, M.D.
Owing to the large number of interesting papers in this Bureau, no time was left for their discussion, and with much regret the President was obliged to close the report immediately after the reading of the last paper. The meeting was then adjourned.
At half-past four the annual Society dinner was served in the new college building. About two hundred and fifty members partook of a very satisfactory banquet, and afterwards spent a very enjoyable evening listening to interesting remarks from the following post-prandial speakers : President L. D. Packard, M.D.; Master of Ceremonies, H. E. Spalding, M. D.; Rev. Dr. W. T. Perrin, So. Boston ; President C. A. Barnard, M.D., of Providence, R. I.; Dr. I. T. Talbot ; President W. E. Fellows, of Bangor, Me. ; Dr. Frank C. Richardson
F. C. RICHARDSON, M.D., Secretary.
BOSTON HOMEOPATHIC MEDICAL SOCIETY. The regular monthly meeting of the Boston Homøopathic Medical Society was held at the Women's Industrial Union, No. 264 Boylston street, Oct. 6, 1892, at eight o'clock, President Henry A. Spalding, M.D., in the chair. The records of the last meeting were read and approved.
Drs. Talbot and French said a few words upon the subject of cholera.
Dr. Bruce read some interesting extracts from a paper, advancing the theory that cholera was a hyperæmia of the spinal cord, and the most effective treatment was the application along the spine.
Dr. S. F. Lantzius-Beninga gave an interesting talk upon the way to prepare for microscopical work.
Ór. Spalding made an earnest appeal to the members of the society for their coöperation in making the meetings more interesting and profitable.
M. E. MANN, M. D., Secretary.
THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF ELECTRO-THERAPEUTISTS.
Pursuant to invitation, a number of medical men met at the office of Dr. William Harvey King, No. 23 West 53rd street, New York, on October 6th, 1892, at 2.30 o'clock, P. M., for the purpose of organizing a new association to be known as The National Society of Electro-Therapeutists. Dr. King was elected chairman of the meeting, and Dr. Winterburn, secretary.
The following persons constitute the charter members of the