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Patriotism Without Hesitation—If our soldier boys deliberated as long over doing their duty as some of our people at home hesitate over doing theirs, the victory would be doubtful. It is a sort of financial cowardice to hesitate to put your money in United States Government securities, and to deliberate over the wisdom and patriotism of the inTestment is to hesitate in supporting our soldiers.
Fraternity Convention—The national convention of the Phi Beta Pi Medical Fraternity at Kansas City closed with a banquet at Hotel Muehlebach, at which the following officers were elected: supreme archon, Dr. David S. Long, Harrisonville, Mo.; supreme vice archon, Dr. Dale D. Turnacliff, St. Paul; supreme secretary-treasurer, Dr. Lawson G. Lowrey, Boston, and supreme editor, Dr. Walter A. Fansler, Minneapolis.
State Society Meeting-At the meeting of the Arkansas State Medical Society, held at Jonesboro, Little Rock was decided on as the place of meeting for 1919, and the following officers were elected: president, Dr. Edward F. Ellis, Fayetteville; vice presidents, Dr. C. N. Phillips, Mena; Henry H. Righter, Helena, and Reuben Y. Phillips, Malvern; secretary, Dr. Clinton P. Meriwether, Little Rock (reelected), and treasurer, Dr. William R. Bathurst, Little Rock.
Fox Hills Base Hospital Completed—The United States Base Hospital at Fox Hills, Staten Island, comprising eighty-six buildings, was completed, June 25, the entire plant having been constructed in 100 days. The hospital is now prepared to care for 3,000 patients. The staff consists of a personnel of 650 including physicians, nurses and attendants. There are three large wards containing 1,000 beds each. The hospital is one of the largest in the world. Col. William Rutherford, U. S. Army, M. C., will be in charge. In connection with the hospital, the American Red Cross has completed a theater for the patients which will seat 7,200 persons.
Fifteen acres land adjoining the hospital have been purchased
the government so that the capacity of the hospital may be doubled at any time.
New State Officers-At the meeting of the North Dakota State Medical Association in Fargo, a service Ilag bearing 125 stars was dedicated, and the following officers were elected: president, Dr. Edgar A.
Pray, Valley City; vice presidents, Drs. William P. Baldwin Casselton; Fred E. Ewing, Kenmare, and Harley E. French, Grand Forks; 'secretary, Dr. Hezekiah J. Rowe, Casselton (reelected); treasurer, Dr. William F. Sihler, Devils Lake; councilors, Drs. Edward M. Ranson, Minot; Frederick L. Wicks, Valley City; Le Roy G. Smith, Medina, and Charles MacLachlan, New Rockford; delegate to the A. M. A., Dr. Charles MacLachlan, New Rockford, and alterDate, Dr. Frank W. MacManus, Williston. Next meeting in Grand Forks.
Military Movies—A new and unique moving picture concern has recently been organized in Washington, D. C. some of the most important men in the moving picture industry are working as its camera
men; the foremost American scientists are its stars, and during the short period it has been in operation it has produced some of the most remarkable pictures ever registered on film. It is known as “Gorgas Film Company." The Surgeon General has gone into the moving picture business, and the whole army medical department has gone in with him. With the help of various officers and privates who formerly owned, operated and worked for large moving picture companies, a moving picture plant has been installed in a building near the army medical headquarters, a government film agency has been established, and films at the rate of 158,000 feet a week are being produced for the entertainment and education of the army. Before they are shipped to the cantonments, the films are tried out in a long, dark and badly ventilated room that has all the atmosphere of a commercial moving picture theater. Here medical officers, the heads of government departments, congressional committees, and even the secretary of war, occasionally drop in and ask to see the pictures. The "animated cartoonist" of the army medical corps is Sergeant Paul Terry, who formerly ran the "Animated Weekly" and built the camera for the Bray cartoons. When he first entered the army he had no medical knowledge whatsoever, but he attracted the attention of the medical officers by the accurate sketches he was able to make of their operations. Colonel William Owen, in charge of the army movie plant under Surgeon General Gorgas, believing that the young man possessed unusual ability, decided to send him to Johns Hopkins university to study under Max Brodel. Now the Terry surgical cartoons are one of the most important products of the army medical corps, and so expert has the artist become that he can place his hand inside a wound and draw an accurate picture of its interior. In cases where a patient cannot be photographed under X-ray, Terry is always called into consultation. The “Gorgas Film Company” does not confine itself to surgical films, however. Many scenarios are written for the sole benefit of the soldier, and are teaching lessons that the finest vocal eloquence has failed to "get over." One of these, entitled, “Fit to Fight,” deals with the physological aspects of venereal disease. Another film shows the soldier how to take care of his feet-how avoid having flat feet and trench foot, and the correct motion in walking. It comprises, as one lieutenant put it, two thousand feet of foot.
Osteopaths Not Admitted to the Medical ServiceAt a meeting of the American Osteopathic Association in Boston, the president made a vigorous protest against the report made by the Surgeon General to the Military Affairs Committee of Congress adverse to the acceptance of drugless healers in the Medical Corps of the army. He quoted from this report as follows: "The admission of osteopath physicians as such, and without the degree of doctor of medicine, to the Medical Corps would have practically unanimous opposition of the medical profession of this country and of all allied countries; would be regarded, and justly so, as lowering the standards, educational and professional, of our Medical Corps, and would have a discouraging and det. rimental effect upon efforts to secure physicians for the corps, both now and in future, and upon the general morale of the corps." It certainly is difficult to imagine how an osteopathic practitioner, who is forbidden by the license law to give drugs, could treat the wounded at the front or those ill with trench fever, or the like.-N. Y, Med. Record.
The Melting Pot
The Doctor's Funnybone
Taking No Such Chances! Jones: "I see Germany is accusing the U. S. of sending its aviators across in hospital ships."
Smith: "Do not think for a minute that Uncle Sam would be so foolish. Our aviators are far too precious a cargo to risk on a hospital boat.”
Not a Sure Cure Another one of the unfortunate coincidences life was on last Saturday night. While Dr. Frank W. Blackmar was lecturing on “War as a Cure for Crime," three murderers and five holdups were being committed in Kansas City.-K. C. Star.
Thrifty to the Eend "Vell, doctor, uf I got to die, I die contentet. My life insurance is ten t'ousand tollars."
"I think, with the aid of stimulants, I can keep you alive for a week longer."
"Don't do it, doctor. Der premium comes due der day after tomorrow."-Sunshine.
Stick to Your Last A physician took it into his head to go hunting, and started out bright and early on a beautiful Octo ber morning, fully armed for game. About 4 o'clock in the afternoon he returned tired out and empty handed, telling his wife he had not killed a thing whereupon she remarķed triumphantly: "I told you. so," adding, in the next breath: “If you had stayed at home and attended to your legitimate business you might have been more successful."
Properly Placed The old soldier was telling of his thrilling adventures on the field of battle to a party of young fellows, one or two of whom were skeptical as to his veracity.
“Then,” he said, "the surgeons took me up and laid be on the ammunition wagon and"
"Look here," interrupted one of the doubtful listeners, "you don't mean the ammunition wagon. You mean the ambulance wagon."
“No,” he insisted. “I was so full of bullets that they decided I ought to go in the ammunition wagon.
Those Paper Suits When we come to wearing paper clothes, newspaper suits will be fashionable for light summer attire, and will be issued in editions. Thus, if you board the street car in a 6 o'clock suit, while all the other passengers are wearing nothing later than 5 o'clocks, you will be'the center of attraction all the way home. Women's morning suits will be featured with bargain sales on the skirt, while men's suits will carry the war news on the lapels and the box scores on the sleeves.-K. C. Star,
We fear newspaper suits will not become popular with the women while the publishers use such flimsy paper.
| An incompatible prescription-Sleep in a quiet, dark room with the windows open.-Critic and Guide. | High blood pressure should not necessarily be reduced. In most cases it is compensatory.-Eggleston, Lancet-Clinic. 1 White clothes are cool in the sun; in the shade light weight serges are preferable; with silk unders, sox and shirts. 1 Wet compresses of sodium hyposulphite, a dram to the ounce, are very useful in plant poisoning.–Ur. and Cutan. Review. | Synthetic camphor may be as good as the real thing, but the latter is so much cheaper that the artificial has no chance.
Treatment of renal maladies by renal extracts is being urged, mainly by French authorities. Sounds like a crude homeopathy. | Magnesium salts show inhibition as the dominant action. Calcium and magnesium salts are biologically antagonistic.-Med Council. | A long walk in the open air is Nature's best cure for a grouch, and besides is a splendid tonic for both body and mind.-Bull. Chi. S. S. I. | Between the work of the orthopedic surgeon and that of the chiropodist is a vast field of neglected foot distortions.-Cross, Med. Council. | Hot Weather Hint-If weak, dizzy and exhausted, seek the shade, lie down and wet the head; drink buttermilk and lemonade.- John Dill Robertson. | A few cases of obesity treated by palladium hydroxide, with strenuous dieting and vigorous exercise, have given only fair results.-Rosenthal, Amer. Med. 1 There are several causes of sudden death. One is gluttony. Hewers of wood can't afford highly sophisticated diet and they don't die suddenly.-Med. Summary f A very reliable indication for bryonia is that pressure over the inflamed part induces soreness, and that the patient dislikes to be moved.-Ellingwood, Med. World. [ Of course the flock pressing after the bell-wethers must hunt for a serum for purpura, when a single dose of atropine will stop the hemorrhagic part instanter. | Wilms' treatment of sublimate poisoning consists of the intravenous use of calx sulphurata, grain for grain of the poison taken; the solution used contain: ing a grain to the ounce.-Ohio S. M. J. | Nature, that primeval deity antedating grouchy old Saturn, intended her human offspring to begin each day with a long draught from the babbling spring. Possibly she had an object in dissolving it in a pinch of mineral salts.-Am. J. Clin. Med.
| The Medical Council asserts that it still sticks to the salicylates from "true oil of wintergreen." A precious lot of that gets into the market! Say oil of birch, and you will come closer. But the really pure artificial salicylate is purer and better than that from the oil.
Typhoid, diphtheria and pneumonia, possibly meningitis, poliomyelitis and streptococcic sore throat, are transmitted by human carriers. In every case of these the physician should determine whether his patient is cured and free of bacteria.-Public Health.
THE BUCHANAN COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY
(Organized April 14, 1903)
OFFICERS FOR 1918
Daniel Morton First Vice-President..
.L. J. Dandurant Second Vice-President.
.G. R. Stevenson Secretary
W. F. Goetze Treasurer
.J. M. Bell Censors-P. I. Leonard, 1918; J. B. Reynolds, 1918
1919; J. I, Byrne, 1918-1919-1920. Delegates-H. S. Forgrave, 1918; J. F. Owens, 1918
1919. Alternates-J. J. Bansbach, 1918; Floyd Spencer,
1918-1919. Council-C. R. Woodson, expires 1920.
COMMITTEES FOR 1918 Executive-J. J. Bansbach, J. M. Doyle, W. M.
Minton. Public Health and Legislation-Floyd Spencer, J. F.
Owens, W. C. Proud. Program-H. S. Conrad, A, B. McGlothlan, G. R.
Stevenson. Library-C. R. Woodson, Jno. Wisser, B. W. Tad
lock. Medical Service-Daniel Morton, 1918; L. J. Dandu
rant, 1918-1919; Wm. Minton, 1918-1919-1920. Membership-Louis Bauman, Fred Ladd, W. W.
Gray. Tuberculosis – Horace Carle, Porter Williams,
Potter, P. I. Leonard, A. L. Gray, E. B. Kessler,
Scientific meeting of the Society held by invitation at the State Hospital No. 2. 72 members present, Dr. Daniel Morton in the chair.
This meeting consisted of a very enjoyable dinner tendered through the courtesy of Dr. Porter E. Williams, one of our members, who entertained the Society with some very graceful remarks, which were followed by the regular program of the evening, consisting of a clinic by Dr. C. R. Woodson, and a paper by Dr. C. H. Wallace, entitled "Some remarks upon acute perforative Appendicitis with report on one unusual case with pathological specimen,” after the reading of which the Society adjourned until next Wednesday evening, June 26, to finish up the remaining business for the season.
Paul Forgrave, was adopted by a standing vote of 20 in favor, 8 opposed:
"Resolved, that the report of the Committee ons the three items suggested be adopted, but that an additional re-arrangement of the entire Fee Bill be made on a basis of 25% increase on maximum and minimum charges as shown on the Fee Bill now in effect, and a copy of the revised Fee Bill be sent each member of the Society."
It was furthermore resolved that the above prices, go into effect July 1st.
Following this session Film No. 111, subject, “Operation for Cholecystitis, Appendectomy, Gastroenterostomy” by Dr. John F. Erdmann was shown.
W. F. GOETZE, Secretary.
Medical Society Calendar 1918
Wednesday evening, June 26, Dr. Daniel Morton in the chair.
Adjourned meeting of the Society held at the Library Building, 31 members present.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read and with a slight change suggested by Dr. Morton were approved.
The applications of Drs. J. T. Stamey and W. T. Elam for membership received second reading and the Doctors elected as members.
The application of Dr. Wm. H. Bailey for membership was withdrawn at the request of Dr. Bailey.
The following bills were presented and a warrant ordered drawn on the Treasurer to pay same: Lon. Hardman..
. $13.95 Multi Letter Company.
9.93 Secretary for postage on Bulle
tin and 1,000 envelopes...... 6.15 The Secretary was instructed to pay the State dues for which Dr. Chas. Greenberg is in arrears.
Committee on Economy made the following report:
"To the President of the Buchanan County Medrical Society: In view of the increased expense of doing business and the universal raise in prices, the Committee of Fees wishes to make the following suggestions that the Society raise a day call to $3.00, a night call to $4.00, obstetrical cases to $25.00 and up. Respectively submitted,
P. I. Leonard,
Committee." After discussion the following resolution introduced by Dr. Caryl Potter, and seconded by Dr.
American Assn. of Electro-Therapeutics
Boston, Sept. 10-12 American Assn. of Obstetricians. .Detroit, Sept. 23-25 American Assn. of R. R. Surgerons. Chicago, Oct. 16-18 American Roentgen-Ray Society...
Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., Sept. 4-6 American Public Health Assn.... Chicago, Oct. 14-17 Clinical Congress of the American College of
Surgeons, New York City.........Oct. 21-26, 1918 Med. Society Missouri Valley......Omaha, Sept. 19-20 Med. Association Southwest. Dallas, Tex., Oct. 15-16-17 Mississippi Valley Med. Ass. Louisville, Ky., Oct. 15-17 Southern Surgical Assn.... Baltimore, Md., Dec. 17-19 Southern Medical Assn.... Asheville, N, C., Nov. 11-14
Secretaries of societies are requested to send us dates of their meetings.
If Germany Moved Into Texas Despite the volumes and the miles of columns that have been printed about everything pertaining to the war, how many Americans realize that the whole empire of Germany could be put away inside of a single American State? Texas could contain all of Germany and have room enough left over to accommodate New York and New Jersey.
Poems the Doctor Should Know
If you and I, dear, face the world together,
Loving each other--as I'm sure we doWe have no cause to fear that stormy weather
Can wreck our lives, or make our hearts less true.
For like the strands by clever figures knotted,
Our lives when drawn upon will lighter grow, Our chart of life by love and wisdom plotted
Will warn of rocks and reefs as on we go.
For you no angel are--and I am human,
You have your faults—and I'll admit a few,
The love by beauty held is love unstable,
The love I have for you holds Time at bay, It waxeth with the years—and is well able
To brave grey hairs and wrinkles smooth away.
But, should we find that we have been deluded,
Our ship of wedlock driven off its course, I'll buy a ticket for some place secluded, And you can get a "safe and sane" divorce.
H. E. Bates.
THE X-RAY (Reprinted from the Medical Pickwick) The X-ray is a wonderful invention,
Said a surgical man to his friend, It will show anything that one wants to-
And then show that it isn't again.
It will show that a man has a gall-stone;
"Provided his business is good," But if he is broke you can bet you,
The stone doesn't show as it should.
It will show how a bone that was broken,
Has healed in a beautiful line, But if the break heals like a corkscrew,
The focus is wrong every time.
It will show a cerebral compression,
“Provided the man is a fool," But the same seeming flaw in a genius
Only proves the exception to rule.
It will show you a gastroptosis
In most any mother you know,
And the surgeon will tell her so.
AHEAD However hard the trail you go, One blessed certainty you know: That men shall follow from below
That men shall follow who might fail
Had you not cruised and made a trail. -Douglas Malloch in the American Lumberman.
IT'S INDIAN SUMMER IN MISSOURI
IN FLANDERS FIELDS
By John McCrae, M. D.
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe,
Lieut.-Col. McCrae served in France with the nadian expeditionary forces, contracted pneumoni and died. His name is familiar to medical men as joint author of the Adami and McCrae Pathologs.
FORGET IT If you see a tall fellow ahead of the crowd, A leader of men, marching fearless and proud, And you know of a tale whose mere telling aloud Would cause his proud head to in anguish be bowed
It's a pretty good plan to forget it.
If you know of a skeleton hidden away
play, Would cause grief and sorrow and lifelong dismay,
It's a pretty good plan to forget it.
If you know of a thing that will darken the joy
-Judd Mortimer Lewis in Houston Post.
DIARRHEA OF INFANTS Management Three recommendations are made
Stop at once the giving of milk.
Thoroughly clean out the intestinal tract. Infant's Diet
Give nourishment composed of food elements
capable of being absorbed with minimum
4 level tablespoonfuls
Feed small amounts at frequent intervals.