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Now, let me ask with all frankness and earnestness, do we realize here that unity of purpose, that spirit of cooperation, that constant attitude of self-sacrifice, which are necessary to give full effect to our actions? Just think what power could be exercised in this community by our large membership, composed of such material as it is, if all worked together in perfect concert! How we could elevate professional character, how we could mould public opinion, how we could influence legislation, how we could promote measures for the relief of suffering and the protection of health and life! And how insignificant appear the differences which often divide and estrange us, when compared with the settlement of such vital questions as those, for example, that will come up for consideration here!
This is a matter of such incomparable importance that I desire to lay the utmost stress upon it. Some men seem to be born to oppose those things which their fellowmen approve and desire. Some seem to have an infatuation for stirring up strife. Some are contrary from pique, pride, prejudice, or ignorance. Some "lean and hungry Cassius" cannot follow where other men begin. Various are the motives of human action, and it is too much to expect that any millenium of disinterestedness is at hand; the utmost I can hope, perhaps, from anything I can say, is that my words may reach the ears of some who may be strengthened in the resolution to rise above all selfish motives in deciding the questions that will come before us from time to time in this Faculty.
I now most earnestly call your attention to the pressing need of larger quarters for the purposes of our Faculty. With the late rapid growth of our library and increase of our membership, we have outgrown our home and are being crowded out. Not only are the shelves full to repletion, but there is no room for more shelves. The basement designed for a banquet hall is packed with duplicates and with books belonging to the exchange of the American Association of Medical Librarians, of which we are the custodians. Where to put new books that are coming in in ever increasing numbers is a matter that is causing the
greatest anxiety to the library committee. It has been suggested that shelves be erected in the meeting hall, but that seems out of the question unless we are prepared to give it up entirely to the uses of the library, in view of the fact that it already contains only 175 seats, and we have a membership of over 700. The fact is, we have reached a crisis in our affairs, an event that has been foreseen by some of us for some time past. It was this that induced me to bring up a motion at our last annual meeting for the creation of a woman's auxiliary to assist in procuring funds for a new hall. The experience of our brethren in Brooklyn was cited in favor of the plan, over $17,000 having been raised by women there. My proposal was referred, with power to act, to the Executive Committee, where I presume it will come up for consideration this fall. In the discussion that took place upon my motion, a member suggested that we should appeal to the Legislature for assistance. But even if we succeed there (and the Legislature will be overwhelmed with such applications) is it likely that we shall get from it all we want? While building, we should adopt no half-way measures. We should build for the next hundred years at least, and such a structure as we need-such as the profession has in Brooklyn, which, I am informed by those who have visited it, is a model for our adoption— will cost us at least $100,000. It is likely, therefore, that we shall need all the help we can get from any and every source ourselves, the citizens, the women, the Legisla ture. So pressing and vital is this matter, that it should be in the hands of a special committee, so that it can receive immediate and constant supervision, and I would suggest that disposition of it.
I have appended to this address the tabulated results of some investigations recently made by me as to the public literary resources of the profession of Baltimore. They have a practical relation to us as physicians and justify, I think, this presentation of them.
On motion, of Dr. Joseph T. Smith, the President's address was referred to the Publication Committee.
Then the following programme was presented:
"Climatic influence in Disease," Dr. Thomas H. Brayshaw; discussion by Drs. W. T. Watson, C. Birnie, C. M. Ellis.
"What the Country Physician can do to Prevent or Limit Epidemics of Typhoid Fever," Dr. John S. Fulton; discussion by Drs. Jos. T. Smith, D. E. Stone, W. T. Watson and A. S. Mason.
"The Best Means to Employ for the Early Diagnosis of Typhoid Fever," Dr. T. B. Futcher. The discussion was opened by Drs. C. M. Ellis, H. L. P. Naylor, V. M. Reichard, Jeffries Buck, B. W. Goldsborough, D. E. Stone.
EVENING SESSION, Thursday, September 24, 1903.
The session was called to order at 8 o'clock by the President. The following papers were read :—
"The Dwarf Tapeworm (Hymenolepsis Nana), a Newly Recognized and Probably Common Parasite in American Patients" (illustrated by lantern slides), Dr. Chas. Wardell Stiles, Pathologist United States Bureau of Animal Industry, Washington, D. C.
A unanimous vote of thanks was accorded Dr. Stiles.
"Was it Wise for the American Medical Association to Change the Code of Ethics?" Dr. Daniel W. Cathell. Discussion by Drs. Herbert Harlan, S. T. Earle, C. G. Hill, C. Birnie.
"The Organization of County Medical Societies and Their Affiliation With the Faculty," Dr. Chas. M. Ellis.
"Amendments to Our Constitution and By-laws Necessary to Harmonize Our Government With That of the American Medical Association," Dr. Sam'l T. Earle.
Dr. J. N. McCormick, of Bowling Green, Ky., Chairman of the Committee on Organization of the American Medical Association, was present by invitation, and made an effective
plea for the organization of the profession in this State, upon the plan proposed by the American Medical Association.
A unanimous vote of thanks was accorded Dr. McCormick.
MORNING SESSION, Friday, September 25, 1903.
The morning session was called to order at 10 o'clock by the President. Then followed the regular programme:
"Tuberculosis of the Urinary System in Women; Report of Thirty-five Cases," Dr. Guy L. Hunner.
"Omental Suture for Ascites," Dr. Jos. H. Branham; discussion by Dr. Hunner.
Under a motion calling for volunteer reports of cases by members, Dr. Wm. T. Watson spoke on “Floating Kidney;" discussion by Drs. J. H. Branham, L. Gibbons Smart, F. J. Kirby, G. L. Hunner.
Dr. G. Lane Taneyhill gave notice that at the next meeting amendments would be offered to the Constitution.
AFTERNOON SESSION, Friday, September 25, 1903.
The session was called to order at 2.45 p. m. by the President.
Dr. John F. Hancock appeared as delegate from the Maryland Pharmaceutical Association. He was heartily welcomed and, by a vote of the Faculty, was extended the privileges of the floor.
Dr. Hancock requested cooperation of the Faculty in the effort to secure legislation of interest to both professions.
The President called attention to the fact that a committee had been appointed to confer with the Pharmaceutical Association on such matters.
Dr. J. McPherson Scott read a paper on "Needed Amendments to the Medical Practice Act." Discussed by Drs. L. A. Griffith, S. T. Earle, Jr., H. O. Reik, Scott, G. L. Taneyhill, J. S. Fulton and L. G. Smart.