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New Haven County, Dr. William H. Carmalt, Councilor. Mr. President and Members of the House of Delegates:
The census of the New Haven County Medical Association last year gave a membership of 319. Fifteen new members have been admitted, eight have died, giving the present number of 326.
The Treasurer reports having $779.19 in savings banks, $213.18 on deposit as checking account, a total of $992.27.
The activities of the Association were indicated in the two meetings held respectively on October 1, 1919, and April 29, 1920. By the invitation of the President of the Association, Dr. David R. Lyman, the autumn meeting was held at the Gaylord Farm Sanatorium celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of its foundation.
The New Haven County Medical Association has reason to be proud of the success of this Sanatorium, under the wise superintendence of Dr. Lyman who has brought to it an untiring energy and tactful judgment that has made for it and for him an international reputation. Sent abroad by the National Government during the late war to advise the army surgeons having the care of soldiers attacked with tuberculosis, Dr. Lyman's opinions were largely sought by the Allied Governments also, and his advice adopted.
The Gaylord Farm Sanatorium is further a monument to two of our deceased members, Dr. J. P. C. Foster and Dr. C. W. Gaylord, the latter in making such a reduction in the price of the farm upon which he was born, that it amounted to a large gift, the former giving of his time and skill and sacrifices beyond words to its inception and development.
The Semi-Annual Meeting held there was most enjoyable. Aside from the social features which were characterized by proverbial Virginian hospitality the scientific programme was exceedingly interesting. It goes without saying that tuberculosis was the main theme discussed. Dr. E. R. Baldwin, the successor of Dr. Trudeau at Saranac Lake, whose name is a household word to us here, had a paper on the differential diagnosis of lung conditions usually confounded with tubercu
losis. A paper by Dr. James B. Dinnan of the Undercliff Sanatorium at Meriden was read, illustrated by photographs: it also showed moving pictures of Dr. Rollier's Sanatorium at Leysin, Switzerland, with children playing about naked in the snow. Dr. Lyman's presidential address and a paper by Dr. Wheatley of New Haven both dealt with the subject of X-rays in the diagnosis of tuberculosis. Later Dr. Thomas R. Darlington of New York, chief medical adviser to the United States Steel Corporation, gave an illustrated talk demonstrating the financial advantages of sanitation and public welfare in industrial work.
The Annual Meeting held in New Haven at the New Haven Lawn Club was quite largely attended, nearly if not quite onehalf of the entire membership being present. Valuable papers were read: Dr. Alexander of Waterbury on "Epidemic Encephalitis," Dr. Dye, also of Waterbury, on "Empyema as brought out by the Statistics of the Surgeon General's Office from the Late War." Dr. Gompertz of New Haven had a good paper on "X-rays in the diagnosis of Gastro-Intestinal Diseases," and Dr. Wm. J. Stone of New York City on "The Use of Radium in New Growths."
One-quarter of the membership of the Association sat down to the dinner afterwards. The unusually large attendance at these meetings indicates a gratifying interest in the work of the Association; how much this has been brought about by a broadening influence from war conditions is a matter for reflection.
The hospitals of the county are all in active work, but the high cost of living is felt perhaps more by them than by almost any other of our charitable institutions. Every public hospital throughout the country is appealing for funds to make up deficits in running expenses.
In the report of two years ago mention was made of the opening of the William Wirt Winchester Hospital for Tuberculosis as an adjunct to the New Haven Hospital, and of its being taken over by the United States Government for the care of tuberculous soldiers. With the close of the war the Government transferred this service from the War Department to the Public Health Service under the Treasury Department, for the care of discharged soldiers still dependent upon the Government for
disabilities from tuberculosis contracted in the service and allied diseases. The hospital is now administered as "The United States Public Health Service Hospital No. 41" under the charge of Major McKeon, U. S. P. H. S., with about the same number of inmates, viz., 500, more or less. As you see on the programme, Major McKeon has kindly consented to have a clinic held there during this meeting of the Society, to which he has invited the members. I can but advise those interested to take advantage of his courtesy.
Of our deceased members mention may be made especially of two of the older members, John F. Barnett of West Haven, who joined the Society in 1870, and Dr. Frank H. Whittemore of New Haven, who joined in 1877; their long and honorable careers endeared them to their patients and left many friends to mourn their loss. One can also speak of what may be considered the untimely end of two of our younger members, Dr. James B. Dinnan of Meriden, who had just inaugurated a promising career as Superintendent of the State Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Undercliff near Meriden: you have just heard a reference to his paper read at the fall meeting held at the Gaylord Farm Sanatorium. Dr. Donald G. Russell of Wallingford died of pneumonia overseas. He was a member of the Yale Mobile Hospital Unit of the American Expeditionary Forces. His father, our fellow member, Dr. W. S. Russell, who survives him, has our heartfelt sympathy.
W. H. CARMALT,
New London County, Dr. C. C. Gildersleeve, Councilor. Mr. President and Gentlemen of the House of Delegates:
The membership of the New London County Medical Society is now sixty-eight. We have admitted four men: Joseph M. Klein, M.D., Paul Gadle, M.D., Thomas A. Woodruff, M.D., F. S. Wilcox, M.D. Six other physicians have been nominated for membership.
Our Semi-Annual Meeting was held at the William W. Backus Hospital, October 2, 1919, and was largely attended.
Dr. Graves, our President, was present. Dr. T. M. Hepburn of Hartford gave a paper entitled "Diagnosis of some Surgical Conditions of the Urinary Tract." The paper was illustrated by lantern slides.
Dr. J. M. Klein gave a paper on "Anæsthesia."
The 129th Annual Meeting of the New London County Medical Society was held at the Crocker House, New London, in April and was attended by about fifty members including President Graves. We also had the pleasure of greeting Professor Slemons, Yale Medical School; Dr. J. T. Black, Commissioner of Health; Dr. Donaldson, Delegate, Fairfield County, and Dr. Lyons, Delegate, New Haven County.
The following papers were read and discussed: "Caesarean Section under Procaine Anæsthesia," by Morris J. Slemons, M.D., Professor of Obstetrics, Yale University; "Headache," by L. J. LaPierre, M.D., Norwich; "Care of the New Born during the First Week," by C. F. Ferrin, M.D., New London.
Two sets of reels of an educational nature were shown by Dr. J. T. Black.
The New London County Medical Society puts itself on record as desiring a more stringent Medical Practice Act and one Board of Examiners of candidates for admission to practice medicine in the State of Connecticut.
The Society also unanimously voted to recommend to the Connecticut Medical Society "That the Secretary of the Connecticut Medical Society be paid a substantial and suitable salary."
The William W. Backus Hospital, Norwich, has had a very busy year, as has the Lawrence Memorial Hospital, New London. The past year has been a prosperous one for the New London County Medical Society, and peace and harmony prevail among its members.
CHAS. CHILD Gildersleeve,
Tolland County, Dr. Thomas F. Rockwell, Councilor. Mr. President and Gentlemen of the House of Delegates:
I am pleased to report the continuance during the past year of the pleasant and profitable social and professional relations which have always existed among the members of the Tolland County Medical Association.
The Association has at present a membership of fifteen, eleven taxable and four non-taxable.
It is with sincere regret that I have to report the death of our Vice-President, Dr. Alonzo L. Hurd of Somers.
Dr. Hurd was a native of Brownsfield, Maine. He attended Maine State College and then entered the University of Vermont, where he was graduated in 1891. Immediately upon graduation he settled in Somers, where he practiced continuously until his death, which occurred on November 9, 1919. He was sixty-one years of age. He was a man of sterling character and his death means a great loss to the Association as well as to the community in which he lived, and which he served so loyally. His obituary will appear in the record of the Proceedings of the State Medical Society.
The 127th Semi-Annual Meeting was held in conjunction with the twelfth Semi-Annual meeting of the Connecticut State Medical Society at Mansfield State Training School and Hospital, Mansfield Depot, Tuesday, October 21, 1919. After the reading of the minutes of the last meeting by the Secretary the reports of the officers and of the committees were heard. No new business was transacted.
Two very interesting and instructive papers were read: "The Care of the Feeble-Minded," by Dr. Charles T. LaMoure, and "Some Remarks on the Diagnosis of Mental Defect," by Dr. Arnold L. Gesell, Professor of Child Hygiene at Yale University. These papers were ably discussed by Dr. Paul Waterman, Dr. LaMoure and others.
There were present at this meeting about fifty members of the State organization and altogether it proved a most thoroughly enjoyable occasion, both from a social and a scientific standpoint.