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The occasional calls we were enabled to make showed full attendance upon the reading of papers in the different bureaus. Especially was this true of Homeopathy and Materia Medica, the two representing the fundamentals of our school. In both of these bureaus there were things doing. Interest was very strong, discussions showed thought and an earnest desire to get at the truth. Several times did this earnestness become so pronounced as to almost cause trouble, but the clouds soon passed over each time.
Without attempting any logical or chronological grouping of events and happenings, we append what we consider will be of interest to all.
REPORT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE COMMITTEE.
All the colleges are in good condition and doing good work; we have not had presented to us a single complaint against any college.
There exists a spirit of harmony among the colleges, and a determination to work together for the advancement of all, for the A. I. H. and for pure Homeopathy as never before.
We desire to call your attention to the fact that the demand for homeopathic doctors through the country far exceeds the supply. Each college is constantly receiving urgent appeals to name a good man for excellent locations. The question as to how this demand can be met we must ask you to help us solve. The number of young men desiring to enter the medical profession is rather diminishing than increasing, as shown by reports of all medical colleges of all schools. While the numbers are decreasing, the general standing and character of the students are materially better. The students of to day are of a very much higher grade. The homeopathic colleges of to-day are equipped with laboratory facilities and instructors fully equal to those of the old school. Our students are as thoroughly educated in the scientific branches as any. The clinical and didactic teaching including diagnosis and pathology is certainly as thorough and complete as in the old school, and yet we have a small grievance, because some prominent homeopathic physicians, yes, and members of the Institute, send their sons and daughters, their students to old school colleges. Why is it?
We appreciate the fact that there are good reasons in individual cases, but do not feel enough reason to account for as much of this as exists.
We would most respectfully call attention to the fact that the A. I. H. depends for its very life on the homeopathic college. Our interests are mutual. The colleges are working harmoniously with and for each other. Will you join us and work with new vigor and fresh zeal for our mutual advancement ? Will you help us to supply the demand and thus help yourselves by increased membership of men and women of whom you can be proud ?
N. B. DELAMATER, M. D., Chairman.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS.
The American Institute of Homeopathy, Gentlemen:-Your Committee beg to report that they commend all the recommendations made by our President in his able address. Upon which recommendations to put a special emphasis it is difficult to decide, as none of the suggestions are of minor importance. We will say, however, that in your Committee's judgment the following certainly demand immediate consideration :
I. The Institute must be the supreme body, that body of which all are members, be they considered individually, as bureaus, as sectional societies, as State, city, county, or still more local bodies. Whether section struggle against injustice occurs, seemingly conflicting views arise, or diversifying medical or surgical interests tend toward disintegration, the Institute must be the governing and judicial body to harmonize them all and turn misdirected energy to more profitable account. The Institute needs to achieve amalgamation among its component parts, if it maintains its position of dignity and holds its power as a Supreme Medical Council.
II. This is the auspicious time and place for enlarging upon the necessity and momentous undertaking of forming a National Institute of Drug-Proving.
III. The recommendation relative to building of strong bureaus in materia medica and homeopthics is very pertinent, especially so when it is appreciated that a strong influence in certain quarters tends to minimize the value of our work in these distinguishing and vital characteristics of our principles of practice.
IV. The advice and recommendations relative to medical, educational qualifications is especially important to those engaged in the conduct of colleges and in giving medical instruction.
V. The matter of indexing and arranging for convenient and ready reference the Institute's proceedings, as suggested in Dr. Wm. Davis Foster's letter should receive attention, and provision should be made for having the work done.
VI. The Committee recommends that the Institute publish
President Sutherland's address as a separate pamphlet and cause it to be widely distributed.
Your Committee congratulates your presiding officer upon his practical and pertinent recommendations, their business-like and concise presentation, and urges upon your body the consideration demanded by their importance. Very respectfully submitted,
W. B. HINSDALE,
THE PRELIMINARY REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE APPOINTED TO INQUIRE
INTO THE FEASIBILITY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PERMA
NENT INSTITUTE FOR THE PROVING OF DRUGS.
Your Committee has the honor to report that they have given this subject careful consideration, and are unanimous in the opinion that no greater field is offered in any scientific branch of study in any of the efforts made for the betterment of mankind or for the general good of the wealthy and the poor alike than is presented by the possibilities offered by the establishment of such an Institute.
The Committee believes that by the combined efforts of the members of the American Institute of Homeopathy the establishment in some form, of at least, a bureau, which shall control, through the distribution of funds, the proving of drugs somewhat upon the plan outlined by Dr. H. P. Bellows, is a possibility. Following the suggestions made by Dr. B. F. Bailey in his presidential address at Atlantic City, and Dr. A. B. Norton in his address before the 0., O. and L. Society, when the president, Dr. Bellows, as you all know, first formulated a method by which drugs could be studied intelligently, their symptoms collated and put in a convenient form. He has in his possession, and will offer to the Institute, in due time, the results of fifty-three provings of Belladonna, records of which cover over 700 typewritten pages, and promise most satisfactory results. Many of the symptoms that we have relied upon have been verified, and many new ones added.
This is not the place to discuss critically these reports, but they show the possibilities of the work, and give a forecast of the results. In addition, they prove the absolute necessity that an Institute of drug proving should be established for this purpose alone. The work is too great, the time required too long, and the demands upon this Institute, which will be made after the work is started, too onerous to ask any one engaged in the practice of medicine for a livelihood to undertake.
The Committee, in agreeing to the desirability of the establishment of such an Institute, also agrees that the main object should be the study of the effects of drugs upon healthy persons, and the presentation of the same in such form as shall make them useful in the practice of medicine regardless of schools. The ultimate object of all this work must be the relief of suffering and the cure of disease, but the Committee fails to find any method that promises such good results as that already adopted by the school of Homeopathy, and as that school has among its adherents those best qualified, by reason of experience, to appreciate, record intelligently and classify with reasonable expectation of its final recognition, the conduct of the institution of drug proving should be vested in a board selected from among the membership of the American Institute of Homeopathy. Surely, it would not be reasonable to entrust such important work to those who are seeking for specifics as remedial agents, or who base their hope upon either the physiological effects or chemical affinity of the drugs investigated.
All through nature we find the provision of an antidote for a poison; we find that the instinct of animals leads them to the kinds of food required for their cure when sick, and yet we are told by practitioners of all the schools, excepting our own, that for at least one hundred years there has been but little, if any, progress in the treatment of disease so far as it depends upon the administration of drugs in any form.
When we remember that our school has used the same remedies, with the same indications in the treatment of the same diseases ever since the first records were published by Hahnemann, with results indisputably better, as far as death rates, length of life secured and general results are concerned, our claim to be the ones entrusted with the work is established. Our obligations to do it result from the fact that we are the possessors of this knowledge. Its possession makes it obligatory that we formulate what we have, and when possible, present it in a manner that no one who is entitled to recognition as a scientist can question the results. Having done this, we can afford to leave the adoption of the law to the scientists referred to.
How to bring about these results has been the subject of much inquiry and discussion. First, a considerable sum of money must be secured. Such funds when secured must be segregated from all other educational funds. It should be a trust fund placed in the hands of a board of trustees, representing the various interests combined in the American Institute of Homeopathy. The board of trustees should have power to fill vacancies, should select the drugs to be proven, or select those who are to conduct the investigations; should pass upon the equipment of laboratories whose use is offered, and they should have power to aid by appropriation or to meet the whole expense of such investigation when necessary.
The plan followed by the Carnegie Institute seems to meet the requirements of our proposed institution. Many facts showing the absolute disregard of the important study of remedies for the treatment of diseases afflicting man have come to light.
In 1902-03 $17,915,075 were donated by private individuals, entirely exclusive of Government and State aid, for educational institutions of the country. Of this amount the schools of medicine not connected with universities, and including the schools of dentistry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine, received $39,336. There is no record showing that any part of this amount was devoted to the original investigation of the effects of drugs, whether considered in the abstract or as recommended as specifics.
We find many buildings devoted to the study of pathology, and call your attention to the last $700,000 expended by the University of Pennsylvania. But in the light of the confession made at the dedication, it would seem that the time has come when some practical efforts were being made to lessen the material used in the laboratories. The mention and publication of such facts as these should arouse to action those who are able to donate larger or smaller sums for this purpose.
In conclusion, your Committee would request an expression of opinion of the members of the Institute as to the great desirability for the establishment of the institute suggested, empower the Committee to prepare such literature as would be of value to those who have the opportunity to present the subject to those who have the ability to give aid, and that the Committee be continued in order that it may assist in this work.
J. B. GREGG CUSTIS, M. D., Chairman.
Would we could bring home to each reader of the REPORTER the beauty and impressiveness of the Memorial services. When we think of the attempts made in the past to honor those who between meetings