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The Medical and Surgical Reporter.
A Journal Devoted to the Science of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery.
Published Monthly by the Cleveland Homeopathic Medical College, 226 Huron Street, Cleveland, O.
JAMES RICHEY HORNER, A. M., M. D., Editor.
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FIRST CALL FOR THE INSTITUTE. We present to our readers President Sutherland's first letter concerning the Institute :
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF HOMEOPATHY. It is time to call the attention of the profession to the annual session of the American Institute of Homeopathy which is to be held at Niagara Falls, New York, June 20th to 25th next.
Already the year 1904 is well advanced. Those having time for retrospection may recall the fact that an exceptionally attractive meeting of the American Institute of Homeopathy was held in Boston, in June, 1903, but when the mind turns to last year's meeting the time itself seems far distant. As a matter of fact over seven months have passed since June 20, 1903, and there remain less than five full months in which to complete preparations for next June's meeting. The date for that meeting was fixed at an unusually large meeting of the Executive Committee, held at Niagara Falls recently.
Accommodations for a very full attendance are available. The Local Committee of Arrangements has been organized for months and has its work well in hand. Reports indicative of earnest activity
have been received from the chairmen of the various bureaus of the Institute, and from the Presidents of the Sectional Societies.
It might seem perhaps on superficial consideration of these pleasant facts that everything necessary had been attended to and there was nothing left to be done, except attend the meeting and participate in an assured success! If so, the object of this circular letter could not be, as it is, two fold :
First, this word comes to make the encouraging announcement that a commendable quantity and quality of work has been done by many of those whose immediate responsibilities for the programme of the next meeting are of such a character that the subject is a very vital and ever present one to them, and
Second, to earnestly call attention to the necessity for widespread, spontaneous and euthusiastic co-operation in order to ensure for the June meeting of the Institute such success as becomes the dignity and the national importance of the organization. For without such co-operation on the part of the Institute membership any large and worthy success is impossible.
What duties are incumbent, then, upon the individual Institute member, as certainly and as weightily, if not as apparently, as their more obvious duties are incumbent upon the Institute's officers? It is impossible to enumerate them in detail, but of them at least a few may be suggested, and are highly worth consideration.
1. Any member who has anything to offer, in the way of original theory, or clinical observation, should embody this in brief and cogent statement, and present it as a “volunteer paper” to the chairman of its appropriate bureau. To do this to rank with those who make the occasion, rather than with those who merely appreciate and enjoy it.
2. Every member must make a matter of course of attending the meeting. No one can be spared; for every vacancy in the ranks, there is a proportionate diminution of verve and enthusiasm in the atmosphere of the meeting.
3. Increase in membership is one of the aids to the Institute's usefulness, which it is in every member's power to help promote. For each member to enlist, annually, one new member from among his neighborhood colleagues not yet enlisted, is an easily possible, obvious and profoundly effectual service to the common cause.
4. Every member should attend as many as possible of the scientific sessions, and alike by concentrated, interested attention, and by pertinent question and suggestion during discussion, promote the hour's usefulness and success.
5. Every member should bring to the session a personal atmosphere of cordial and fraternal kindliness; honestly and heartily pledging himself to subordinate personal interests, friendships, prejudices and ambitions to the larger common good. Silent earnest kindness, sincerity and unselfishness are no small gifts to bring, even if they be a member's sole possible gift.
Let every member pledge himself to these endeavors; and what further need the occasion ask to stand approved as an epoch-making success?
JNO. P. SUTHERLAND, President.
As a member of the Executive Committee we attended its January meeting at Niagara Falls. To say that all the members of the Committee were pleased with the progress made by the local men is putting it mildly. Chairman Hodge and his co-workers have all matters fully in hand and there is every prospect that the greatest success will crown their efforts. We can safely promise a great meeting if the energy and intelligent work of this committee can bring it about.
President Sutherland makes a strong appeal for co-operation on the part of Institute members. We cannot add anything to that appeal. If only a fair portion of the members respond with enthusiasm he will find the scientific part of the meeting overflowing with good things. Especial effort has been made in arranging the program to give to the allied societies all the time they want-and so far as has been reported by them, they are more than satisfied. In doing this the Committee have not encroached upon the work of the three great Bureaus of Homeopathy, Materia Medica and Clinical Medicine. There will be no other Institute sessions during the time allotted to the two first named bureaus, while that of the third will be overlapped only slightly. This will give the entire number of members in attendance an opportunity to attend what should be the most important meetings of the entire session.
* * * As to hotel arrangements, we are sure there will be ground for practically no criticism. The International and Cataract are under the same management. All the scientific meetings will be held in the Cataract House and ample provision has been made for all the various needs of the Institute. One thing that will be especially pleasing is the placing of the exhibits in the International House. There cannot possibly come any annoyance to the scientific sessions from this source, and at the same time the exhibitors will have plenty of space
in the most prominent location, viz. : directly in front of and alongside the passage-way leading to the dining-room. All meals are to be served in the dining hall of the International House, consequently the exhibitors will have the best possible place for their exhibits and at the same time there will be no annoyance.
About Niagara! There is no need for writing about this famous place. It is better to-day in every respect than ever and the Local Committee are planning to utilize all of its great resources for pleas'ure in giving entertainment to their guests. When the circular of information comes to hand we promise several surprises. Those Western New York men never do anything by halves and it must not be forgotten that Chairman Hodge has enlisted the co-operation of nearly every man in that active district.
Now what more can we say? The whole proposition is an inviting one, and when we realize that three-fourths of the Institute membership is within a dozen hours' ride of Niagara Falls doesn't it look to you as though there ought to be at least a thousand members present ?
THE STATE BOARD COMMITTEE. The College was honored with an inspection visit from two members of the State Board of Medical Examiners, Drs. Ravogli and Baxter. The entire College was inspected, the doctors beginning in the basement and ending at the fifth floor, examining every room, all the laboratories, the sub-clinic departments-in fact, nothing escaped them. All four classes were hard at work, the dissecting rooms, pathological laboratories, dispensary and clinical amphitheatre being occupied by various classes with their respective instructors. What impression was created in the minds of the visitors we do not know—but we do know that the whole institution was thrown wide open, and that we spent most of the long time we were with them in answering comprehensive and shrewdly-put questions. We welcomed the visit. As we have said before, there never has been a time since we have known the College when it has been doing better work. The work is honest work, and the more who come to see us the better will we be pleased.
* * * And that calls up a thought. If every living alumous of the College could only visit it during its working hours it would be well for both alumnus and College. Very 2)?w of our alumni know what we are doing. They would be astonished at the changes wrought during the past five years. The work of the College to-day can no more be compared with that of years ago than the work of the mighty battleship of this century with that of the primitive war vesse). In all departments there has been wonderful progress made. Just how much and along what particular lines would take hours to tell. If you are an alumnus of the College-and if yoiajare not, we mvite you to make it a visit. Let us know you are con lg and you will receive a most hearty welcome.
HENRY M. DEARBORN. New York has lately lost a number of stalwart men-Allen, Helmuth, Deschere, Talcott, Guernsey, Houghton, and others. Now we must add to that list Dearborn.
He was a strong man-strong where our school does not show strength. There are only a very few who have made dermatology a special study, and of those few Dearborn was one of the best. He was a strong man, a comparatively young man who, under ordinary course of events, might have lived many years and to greater eminence personally, besides adding much to the greatness of our school of medicine. He was a man, active in college and society, in fact, a man whose death is a profound misfortune. He will be missed in the Institute—for during the thirteen years of his membership he had added to its strength. We are sorry to have lost Henry Martin Dearborn.
Materia Medica Notes
“ PERSECUTIONS.” In a letter to The Post-Graduate, for December, on the change of the code of ethics of the American Medical Association, whereby a homeopath by what amounts to “going back" on Homeopathy may have the privilege of joining an allopathic society, Dr. D. W. Cathell, among other things, says:
“Indeed, had its (the old code's) boycotting feature been set aside 40 years sooner, it would have saved our profession many dilemmas and many mortifications, for medical boycotting is a bad thing when it does not work, and the events of these 40 years have proved that it was an unwise method in dealing with the homeopathic portion