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too, at a time when your Association requires great care to keep it from going against shoals on the adopted plan of reorganization. I also realize the fact that every effort must be made to harmonize the profession; that we must do this by prudence, by toleration, by care, by having it known that the efforts we are making are for the good of the profession, and that no one man or set of men are being favored in the reorganization of our Association. It is intended in the plan of reorganization to cement the profession so as to make it a unit, it being the idea that we will all be benefited by those measures upon which we unite, and the people will give to the profession the recognition to which we are justly entitled. We must so conduct the affairs of the Association that no man can say that this plan of reorganization was for the purpose of benefiting one man more than another, and as President of your body, I will not advocate measures that will have for their purpose the perpetuation of power or of furthering the interests of one man or one set of men.

In regard to one man holding two offices in this Association, I believe that there should be a clause inserted in our Constitution to forbid it, and it should be just as much against the Constitution of the State Medical Association for one man to hold two offices in the Association as it is against the Constitution of the State of Texas.

There are many things that will come up before us, also many measures which will require your attention. One that I will call your attention to right now is the State Board of Medical Examiners. The law requires the selection every two years of a new Board of Medical Examiners. I think the law should be amended so that four men could be appointed to serve for two years and five men for four years. As the law is now enacted, new men are liable to be appointed every two years, who will find their duties very hard, as everything will be new to them unless they happen to have some of the old members to constitute part of the Board. There will always be matters coming up which must be carefully considered, and unless there are some of the old members of the Board to guide them, they are liable to make many mistakes.

Another thing about the Board is this, and I simply throw it out as a hint, and ask that the members of the Examining Board consider it as such: The amount of work that devolves upon the Board is enormous. To give you an idea, we had before the Examining Board last week ninetyseven applicants; there are ten questions on each branch, and there are thirteen branches examined on, or 970 answers on each subject to be graded, and in addition, some of the members of the Board have two subjects which they examine on. At the examination just mentioned, that was held in Austin, one of the applicants was a Mexican, and answered his questions in Spanish. It fell to my lot to have to translate and grade

his papers, making over two thousand answers to questions that I had to grade. Some of the answers to a single question sometimes covers three and four pages of foolscap paper. I began grading my papers Monday afternoon, and worked almost incessantly, night and day, until 4 a. m. Thursday morning before I had finished. Now I know from experience that 2000 answers can not be gone over and finished in two or three days, without extraordinary hard work.

I am free to acknowledge that where one grades on one subject alone, the answers might be graded in two or three days, but I do not think the Board should be in a hurry; the questions should be taken home, and the answers carefully studied and graded, and the Board should not hasten in order that the applicants may know before they leave, where the examination was held, whether they have passed or failed.

I must ask that the members of this Association begin to study from today measures for the creation of a State Board of Health; your recommendations on that subject should be so well defined as to make it absolutely unmistakable. For the next two years we are safe, because we have in Dr. George Tabor, Health Officer, a man in whom we have absolute confidence. I hope this body will give the matter careful consideration, and that a committee may be appointed to draft a bill as mapped out by this Association.

Mr. President, I accept the gavel from you, as a symbol of authority, and I hope that I may be able to wield it with the same impartiality that you have done, and in handing it to my successor, that it may go to him unsullied, and that it may never be said that it was even used arbitrarily, and may it be handed thus-from generation to generation to time immemorial.

Dr. J. C. Loggins and Dr. T. J. Bell were selected to escort Dr. F. E. Daniel, the Vice-President, to the chair.

Dr. Daniel said:

GENTLEMEN: Permit me, as best I can in a few simple and brief words, to express to you my grateful acknowledgments of the courtesy and consideration shown, by conferring upon me so distinguished an honor. I take it as a mark of your appreciation of my humble efforts during a quarter of a century in behalf of legitimate medicine, a better, purer and more exalted standard of professional character, and my labors in behalf of the public health. I thank you.

The Judicial Council, through Secretary M. M. Smith, recommended the name of Major Chas. F. Mason, U. S. A., Fort Sam

Houston, San Antonio, as honorary member of this Association, in accordance with a resolution introduced before this body yesterday. Dr. M. M. Smith spoke as follows in regard to printing of the new Constitution and By-Laws.

I was in conference with Dr. McCormack, being Secretary of that Provisional House of Delegates, last night, and he assured us that he usually recommended, and that, as a rule, we instructed our Secretary to procure 50,000 copies of these Constitution and By-Laws. He said that he usually came and held a meeting and told them what to do, and what was necessary for them to get.

I am sure that the plan by which we can get them from the Journal of the American Medical Association is very cheap; they have them in type, and that the expense will not be very much. I am in favor of allowing the resolution to stand.

Dr. M. M. Smith, of Austin, moved that the Secretary of the State Association be authorized to have 10,000 reprints of the report of the State Board of Medical Examiners published, with a list of names of those who had been licensed sinec the organization of the Board.

Dr. T. J. Bell, of Tyler, approved the suggestion and seconded the motion, whereupon Dr. H. A. West made the following remarks:

DR. H. A. WEST: I do not see that a list of those who have been examined by this Board should constitute a part of our proceedings, hence it is not our business to publish the same. It is as much as we can do to pay our own expenses, as we will have a large volume of Transactions, and will have to pay the expenses of the Councilors in the organization of the State. It will strain our resources to the utmost, and besides that, we have nothing to do in regard to the State Board of Medical Examiners, except to nominate them to the Governor for appointment. This Board is a State institution, and if they want anybody to pay their expenses let them get the State to do it and not attempt to force this matter on the State Medical Association.

DR. S. C. RED: What advantage would it be to have the names of the fifteen hundred printed in the Transactions? They are on the books of the Board of Medical Examiners and a matter of public record.

DR. M. M. SMITH: Their certificates are placed on record on the books of the district clerks of the State, but we get letters every day or so asking

if the Board has licensed such and such an individual; we get applications almost every day to furnish a list up to the present time. Such a report would be of very great assistance to these respective county societies in keeping a watch out for men not on the list and who have not complied with the law. It would also be of very great value in getting rid of incompetent physicians in the State. An alphabetical list of 1600 names would be but very few pages more in the proceedings, and would add materially

to same.

DR. J. R. NICHOLS : I understand that the law requires every physician and surgeon to register his certificate in the county in which he expects to practice. It appears to me that the district organizers can ascertain from the records those who have complied with the law; also from the local profession the ethical standing of each applicant. We well know that the professional population of each county varies from time to time and it appears to me that nothing will be gained by printing lists of those who have certificates from our Examining Board in our Transactions, besides by so doing we will not ascertain the ethical standing of the applicant, which, in my judgment, is all-important.

DR. J. T. MOORE: I do not see where the publication of this list of names in the Transactions comes in. I can not see what advantage it would be to this body. It is taken for granted that the Board preserves the names of those who come before it at the central office, and this is in the hands of the Secretary and can be gotten at any time. To have the names of all the persons who have come before the Board and publish the report of the Examining Board to this body would be an important document that we are all concerned in; but as far as the list is concerned, it will always be in the hands of the Secretary and can be gotten at any time. If you desire to publish these names at all, it seems to me that they could be published in a little pamphlet without padding our Transactions with the list.

DR. T. J. BELL: Not that I am offering this as a motion, but it occurs to me that it might be well to have this publication here in some way, because you can not depend upon the records in the office of the district clerk, and I think this would be satisfactory and a safe thing to do, as the Secretary has indicated to this Association, to have this matter embodied in the Transactions; therefore, I think it would be wise to do that.

The motion was lost.

Dr. H. A. West then spoke as follows in regard to honorary membership:

Honorary members, according to the new Constitution, are elected only for one year. We have on our list now quite a number of honorary members. I would like to know whether they shall be included in the next proceedings.

DB. C. W. GODDARD: As we are yet under the rules of the old Constitution, and the new Constitution is not in effect, I move that these honorary members' names be entered in the proceedings.

Dr. Wm. Keiller then offered the following amendment to the motion, which was accepted by Dr. Goddard:

DR. WM. KEILLER: As an amendment, that these honorary members be connected with an asterisk and that their names be not dropped; they might be hurt in some way.

The amendment was accepted.

Dr. H. W. Crouse then directed the attention of the Association to a "fake," who was operating in Victoria. He spoke as follows:

I have written to several members of the Texas Medical Association within the last six weeks in regard to a fake that we have practicing in Victoria, named H. Campbell. We have had this man arrested under eight indictments. By some peculiar process, just exactly the nature of which I am unable to explain, he has been able to keep clear of the law and is permitted to conduct his practice. Under the old law, eight charges were preferred against him, and he was placed under bond, but skipped town during the night, jumping his bond. He returned in several months, and, by paying the costs of one of the cases, was permitted to stay and is now prac-ticing again in Victoria. We had him brought up very recently in court under five indictments, but when the case came to trial, it was thrown out of court. He had a friend, an ex-policeman of Galveston, to swear that he had practiced in Galveston in 1885. I wrote to Dr. M. M. Smith to call his attention to the man, informing him that he was practicing in our county, and asked him if he had passed the Board of Medical Examiners, and requested that this case be put to the test-to make, in other words, a test of our present law, to find whether it is successful or not. In my opinion, at the present time, our medical law is such that it places restrictions upon those who graduate from a legitimate college and fails to hold down the fake. Is it not possible that a concerted effort be made by members of the State in handling such a case and proving whether our law is of benefit or not?

Dr. H. A. West then addressed the Association upon the subject of the meeting of the American Medical Association at New

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