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MINUTES OF THE THIRTY-SECOND ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE

COLORADO STATE MEDICAL SOCIETY

AT THE GRAND HOTEL, PUEBLO, COLORADO, JUNE 24, 25 AND 26, 19 0 2.

TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 1902.

MORNING SESSION.

Society called to order at 10 o'clock a. m. by the President, R. W. Corwin.

Prayer by Rev. Dr. Wm. T. Patchell.

The President: It is with much pleasure this morning that I have to present to you one who has taken much interest in our work, not only at this time but heretofore, and who will to-day speak to you a moment upon what he believes will be that which will do us the most good, and open the city for us in a way that we may respond most heartily. I have the pleasure now of introducing to you Mayor Rizer. (Applause.)

Mayor J. E. Rizer: Mr. President and Members of the Colorado State Medical Society-Pueblo bids you a most hearty welcome to her midst. When I was asked to express, on behalf of the city, this welcome, I accepted on condition that you would excuse me from making a speech. I was told that that was the

only condition under which I would be asked to appear here at this time. So that this invitation was not accepted in the spirit of the country lad who rushed. in to his mother and said: "Mother, I have just set the old brindle hen on two dozen eggs.' His mother said: "Son, you don't expect that hen to hatch two dozen eggs, do you?" "No," said the lad, "but I just want to see the darned old thing spread herself." It is not in any sense of "spreading myself" that I appear here to extend a few words of welcome to you.

Pueblo has had occasion recently to welcome a number of bodies to her midst, but I assure you that in no instance have we more heartily and sincerely extended a welcome than we do now to the members of the Colorado State Medical Society. We welcome you, in the first place, as physicians who mend or end us. You need not expect because you are gathered here in numbers that any particular citizen will call upon more than one of you at a time. They have been instructed not to do so. We desire our population to increase. In anticipation of your presence I have sent the following premonition to every citizen:

"See one physician, like a sculler plies,

The patient lingers, and by inches dies;

But two physicians, like a pair of oars,

Waft him more swiftly to the stygian shores."

We welcome you as "the most happy of all men”—Whatever of good you accomplish the world proclaimeth; whatever faults you commit the earth covereth. We welcome you as the members of a profession whose science gives pledges to our hope; though the other side of the case is not always so hopeful to the physician.

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'Is there no hope?' the sick man said.
The silent doctor shook his head.

He took his leave with sighs of sorrow,
Desparing of his fee to-morrow."

We welcome you, gentlemen, a little more seriously, as the members of the noblest profession on earth. You are engaged

not only in worthy efforts to alleviate the pain and suffering of your fellow mortals, but when called upon, and you often are, you even minister to minds diseased, and pluck from their hearts the root of sorrow. . We are glad to have you among us because we recognize in you, if the physicians of other cities are as our physicians in Pueblo are, and I believe it is true, we recognize in you not only the worthy laborers in a noble profession, but learlers in educational work, in all efforts at moral reform, and, in fact, in all branches that pertain to the upbuilding and the progress of a community in which you may reside.

I see that you have a program that is extensive and important; many valuable subjects are to be discussed, important subjects indeed, and I trust that you, during your deliberations, may receive all the benefit possible from this discussion and deliberation, and may we as citizens and possible patients thereby escape the ills we know not of.

With more confidence perhaps than I have felt upon a former occasion, I desire to extend to the members of the State Medical Society of Colorado the keys of the City of Pueblo. (Applause.) I say "with more confidence" because I don't believe that in any body of men is more confidence reposed than in our physicians, whether as the friend of the family, or as the conservative business man, or as our consulting physician. In time of sickness the sweetest and the most implicit confidence is reposed in our physician, and I want to say for the credit and to the honor of the profession I do not believe, with the very rarest exceptions, that this confidence has ever been misplaced. We are glad indeed to have you in our midst. We welcome you to all we have. I desire in connection with this key to give you the "Open Sesame" to everything in Pueblo, for there is nothing too good for our doctors. I desire to say that while this key opens inward it also opens out. I do not know that any members of this organization will get in any tight place from which they will need to be rescued, but in the event there should be any pit-falls or guileful spells to inveigle the unwary sense of faltering steps, the key will lead you safely out thereof.

Gentlemen, I again welcome you to Pueblo and trust that your deliberations will result in good not only to yourselves but to

the state in which you are honored citizens. Once more I welcome you and present you the keys of the city. (Applause.)

The President: Mayor Rizer, we thank you most kindly, and in the name of the members of the association of the Colorado State Medical Society we accept this key with thanks. We appreciate your kind words, and assure you we also feel that we understand the meaning of that part which refers to the ground which buries our errors. We also know that you feel that part because as a lawyer and a mayor it is not so easy for you to get out of such trouble. Also we appreciate the fact that you have given us these "keys." We notice there is only one. He has kept the others, and with the others he secretes that which he is unwilling to unlock. But I know you so well, I know you will be generous in using the other keys not only in letting us in, but also in letting us out. Again I thank you. (Applause.)

Dr. Love: I move that the minutes of the previous meeting as published be accepted by the society.

Motion seconded and carried.

Dr. Work: I move that this program as prepared by the executive committee be adopted as the guide for the society's work.

Dr. Marmaduke: I would like to make an amendment that in addition to the program as printed, the paper of Dr. C. D. Spivak, entitled "Gastric Hypermobility as Differentiated From Pyloric Incontinence and Peristaltic Restlessness," and the paper of Dr. S. D. Van Meter, entitled "Medical Legislation," and the paper of Dr. H. W. McLauthlin, entitled "Vaccination and Tetanus," be included in the program.

Dr. Work: I accept the amendment.

Motion seconded and carried.

The President: Reports of committees. The report of the executive committee is first.

Dr. Marmaduke: Nothing to report except the program which is in evidence.

Report of the publication committee was presented by Dr. J. M. Blaine, and is as follows:

The edition of the Transactions for 1901 numbered 450 copies of 548 pages each. These were issued from the press of The Reed Publishing Company at a cost of eighty cents per page, amounting to $438.40. It will be noted that the copies for 1901 contained 202 more pages per copy than in in 1900, there were twenty-five more copies printed to supply the added membership, still with the extra 202 pages per copy and the extra twenty-five copies, the additional cost of publishing was only $37 more than 1900. Additional items of cost were: Engraving, $7; wrapping and printing labels, $12; postage and expressage, $35.95; autograph signature, $1.25; making a total of $49.20. By comparison with previous issues this one will be found not larger, although containing 200 more pages than the 1900 edition and by comparison with Transactions received from other states, it will be found that ours far exceeds all others in point of neatness and general make-up.

"Your committee would like to make one explanation: It was exactly two months after the meeting last year before the ninutes and discussions were received, hence the delay in completing the work. The discussions belonging to members outside of Denver were sent to them, corrected and returned to the stenographer, but as the stenographer left town as soon as the minutes were handed in, these discussions never reached the hands of the publication committee."

On motion the report was adopted.

The members of the committees on finance and ethics not being present, the reports were deferred.

The President: Report of committee on by-laws.

Dr. W. P. Munn: To the chairman of the by-laws committee was referred the question of the complete revision of the constitution and by-laws of the society in accordance with the

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