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out the application of scientific remedies. In surgical cases he did not deny the necessity of calling in a skillful surgeon." Our surgical brethren will feel complimented at this admission, which is not in strict accordance with the views of one of the “ peculiar" witnesses at the recent inquest. Mr. Gilbert did not see any cases of cure, nor were there in the institution any persons suffering from serious diseases; he was assured, however, that there had been "some wonderful cases" during the preceding months.

Dorotha Trudel was a young woman who resided at Männedorf, on the banks of Lake Zurich, and who, being of a pious disposition, betook herself to prayer when some members of her family had been given over by the physicians. They recovered, and on sickness again breaking out in the village Dorotha was called in to pray over the sick, who recovered without any medical advice. Unfortunately, medical jealousy appears to have been excited by the reputation she thus obtained, and a prosecution followed, with the imposition of a fine, which, however, was remitted on appeal. Persecution naturally gave publicity, and publicity only increased reputation, so that Dorotha became the rage, and sick folk flocked together from all sides. In the midst of her successes, and in spite of them, Dorotha unfortunately died, (in 1862,) and her “system” is now carried on by others, with what success we are not informed. — Lancet, March 7, 1868.

Abstract of the Proceedings of the Erie County Medical Society.

The semi-annual meeting of the Erie County Medical Society was held in Buffalo on the 9th instant. The following gentlemen were elected to membership on compliance with the by-laws:Drs. Eddy, Hopkins, Schuyler, Willoughby, Nichols and Chace, of Buffalo; Dr. W. D. Murray of Tonawanda, and Dr. Newman B. L. Parker of Akron.

The literary exercises consisted of an oration by Dr. Henry Lapp of Clarence, and a memoir of the late Dr. Cyrenius Chapin by Dr. G. F. Pratt of Buffalo. After the applause which followed the reading of Dr. Pratt’s paper, Dr. James P. White said in substance, as follows:

I have been more than gratified in listening to the memoir that has been read in our hearing. The excellencies of the pioneers of our profession in Western New York, are indeed well calculated to fill our hearts with pride. The record of these excellencies, unless preserved for us in papers like the one to which we have listened, must soon be beyond our reach. The lives of such men should not thus cease to exert their influence upon us. One such memoir, that of Dr. Marshall, has been deposited in the archives of this Society, and permit me to express the hope that this Society may have, and urge its right to have, and that at no distant day another memoir of our honored dead from the pen of his surviving son. No man is so fitly prepared to perpetuate the memory and influence of my departed friend, Dr. Trowbridge, and none more willing to do us this high honor.

After other appropriate remarks by Drs. Boardman and Snow, it was, on motion of Dr. James P. White,

Resolved, That the thanks of this Society be tendered Dr. Pratt for his very interesting memoir; that at the expense of this Society 1000 copies be published in pamphlet form for gratuitous distribution, and 600 copies for distribution with the Buffalo Medical Journal, and that a copy be presented to the State Medical Society, accompanied with a request for its publication.

The committee appointed to select orators for the meeting in January next, reported the names of Dr. William C. Phelps for orator, and Dr. C. F. A. Nichell for substitute.

M. G. POTTER, Sec'y.

Genesee County Medical Society-Semi-Annual Meeting.

BATAVIA, June 9th, 1868. The semi-annual meeting of the Genesee County Medical Society was held at Batavia, June 9th, 1868. Present-0. R. Croff, President in the chair, L. B. Cotes, J. R. Cotes, M. W. Townsend, A. P. Jackson, E. B. Lounsbury, G. W. Croff, L L. Tozier, H. D. Benham, J. C. Watson, J. Root, J. S. Billings, A. G. Ellen. wood and M. C. Potter.

The following communication was received:
To the Secretary of the Genesee County Medical Society:

Sir:-The undersigned, a member of the Genesee County Medical Society, has to respectfully report, that a fellow member of this Society has been guilty of a violation of the code of ethics of the National Medical Association and of the By-Laws of this Society in the following manner, to-wit: Dr. N. G. Clark did in the month of April or May, 1868, consult with a homeopathic practitioner by the name of Hutchins, in the family of Wm. Terry of Batavia. The undersigned has the honor to submit this case for the action of the Society, praying that the code under which we live may not be violated without just notice. Your obedient servant,

M. W. TOWNSEND. On motion, the subject matter of the above communication was referred to a committee of three, M. W. Townsend, J. Root and M. C. Potter, who made the following report:

The committee appointed to report on the charges preferred against Dr. N. G. Clark, have the honor to submit the following:

Whereas, Dr. Clark has been guilty of gross violation of the Code of Ethics and By-Laws of this Society in consulting with an irregular practitioner in the manner and form mentioned in the charges;

Resolved, That Dr. N. G. Clark ought to be, and hereby is, expelled from this Society, and that the Secretary be instructed to give him official notice. Respectfully,

J. Root,

Committee. The report was accepted and the resolution passed unanimously.

Dr. Townsend also moved that bereafter it shall be considered dishonorable for any member of the regular profession to hold medical consultation with Dr. N. G. Clark, and that the proceedings of this meeting, signed by the President and Secretary, be published in the Buffalo Medical Journal. Passed unanimously. L. L. Tozier, Sec'y.

0. R. CROFF, President.

DEATH FROM NICOTINE. -A case of death from nicotine recently occurred at Cohoes, N. Y., under the following circumstances :The father of a little girl, in an endeavor to “heal a sore on her lip,” applied to it the contents of a "rank” pipe stem. The victim was almost immediately seized with the peculiar symptoms of tobacco poisoning, and died a few hours afterwards.

VOL. 7, no. 11—56.

Editorial Department.

Medicine as a Business and Business in Medicine.


The practice of medicine as a business, in no way favorably commends itself to the attention of those about to choose a profession. It demands exclusive, unremitting and earnest attention, and with all this, offers but the very poor. est return. It does, it is true, afford a fow who are faithful and active enough to gain distinction, a fair income, but the great mass of hard workers receive "small wages.” Attention is not enough directed to the causes of this poor return for medical services. It has been common for physicians themselves to place little pecuniary value upon their services, and to demand little or nothiug from the community. There are few cities or towns in which cannot be found men who are called because they never demand any pecuniary return, perhaps indifferently guess at the amount due them if by chance some active business inan values their services enough to insist upon payment. The great fault in medicine, as a business, arises mainly from the fact that so many who practice it, are not “ business men;" have no rational idea of exchange. We have never known a physician habitualty selling himself for nothing, but received, really, all he was worth. The men who value their time and advice are almost always appreciated. Business men respect a consistant, straight-forward, reliable, prompt, business man; indeed, everybody appreciates such men. A careless, indifferent, unsystematic man, who never has system in bis pecuniary matters, is the poorest, and as a rule, most unscientific, careless, unprogressive and unsatisfactory medical adviser in the world. It is all right that they expect nothing for their services; they are really of no value; a poor business man is a poor doctor.

Bnt we were about to suggest the importance to the profession and the advantages to the community of early and prompt presentation and settlement of med. ical bills. There is no other man who devotes his persɔnal time to any pursuit or calling, but expects and demands his reward. There is nothing in the conditions of physicians' necessities and wants which justify delay in obtaining the rewards of their services. If by chance any are able to neglect collections, it constitutes no reason for so doing, and is a disadvantage to both physicians and the public. The time has fully come when medical men should expect immediate return, and when the public should understand that the physician is to be paid immediately, before anybody else—that his is a debt of honor, that bankruptcy does not effect the obligation, that the grocer and the dry goods merchant may be put off a little, but a physician who attends them at all seasons and hours, adds his sympathies and personal interests to theirs, bears the anxieties inseparable from his calling and faithfully advises them in times of pain and peril is to be rewarded. The public can never appreciate these facts and conditions until instructed to do it, and will undoubtedly be slow to learn, but the public can learn it, would have known it long before this, if the "slip-shod” business manners of physicians had not been constantly inculcating the opposite doctrine of delay. Who in the profession are best and soonest paid ? Certainly those wbo are highest prized and most extensively patronized. The real business men of


the profession charge for their services and collect their bills, and men say, “here is your claim; thank you, sir, for your kindness and attention; I feel thankful that I could obtain your services.” The “slip-shod” physician receives pay after the following manner, by the hand of a child: “Dr. Waitforever: Dear sir: I am no better, and feel anxious about myself. I hoped, when I called you, that my sickness would be trifling, and that I might avoid expense, but as I do not improve, I desire to call Dr. who is, as you say, very high in his charges and expects his pay down, but who is distinguished in the care of such cases. Yours, truly, True E. Conomy.”

The poor ye have with you always, and may do them good when ye will." It is wrong, and often cruel, to accept pay of the very poor when they are sick. If physicians will caltivate system and promptness in their business, they can advise and help the poor and be respected, and paid, or thanked, by all.

Preparation and Publication of the Medical and Surgical History

of the War, It will be seen by the following extract from Congressional proceedings, that $30,000 bave been appropriated for the preparation and publication of the Medical and Surgical History of the War. The work is to be compiled and completed by Lr. J. H. Baxter, which is sufficient guarantee that it will be made in every respect as perfect as possible:

Ø 3. And be it further enacted, That of the appropriation of $60,000 for publishing the medical and surgical history of the rebellion and the medical statistics of the Provost Marshal General's office, made in an act approved July 28th, 1866, $30,000 shall be devoted to the preparation and publication of five thousand copies of the medical statistics of the Provost Marshal General's Bureau, and that the work shall be compiled and completed by Assistant Medical Purveyor J. H. Baxter, under the immediate direction of the Secretary of War, and without the interference of any other officer.

MR. Anthony. There was a proposition made to change that appropriation and to make it applicable to the preparation of the whole work. I believe, as the resolution was passed by Congress originally, this money was made applicable to the publication of the work; at any rate it was so construed by the Congressional Printer; and I have been trying for months to get a resolution passed through Congress to make the appropriation applicable to the preparation of the work, so that the ordinary appropriation for printing may be applicable to the publication of it. If those who have charge of this matter-I have not-havę taken it into consideration, I do not wish to interpose any objection.

MR. CONKLING. If the Senator from Rhode Island will allow me, I desire to suggest to him that this proposition has no effect one way or the other upon the idea which he now submits. This does not touch at all the question whether money shall be appropriated to the preparation and not to the printing of the work, or whether it shall be applicable alike to the preparation and the printing. That question is left entirely untouched and open for the resolution of the Sen. ator or any other treatment wbich the Senate may see fit to bestow upon it. This is simply a proposition that the appropriation shall be divided. It is direc

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