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There should have been about twelve hundred members present-because in many respects “The Falls” is central and it is so cheap to get there. When you're there you stay without it costing much, if you wish-only you can't stay at the “Cataract International Hotel” without paying some for the privilege. However, attendance comes with advertising and not without it.
One thing said by a member was that he had been at the meeting of the American Medical Association held (where was it this year?) and the attendance on the Bureau meetings was beggarly. I think he said one meeting of the Clinical Medical Bureau was attended by thirteen members and visitors. A most unlucky number, wasn't it? No wonder enthusiasm was conspicuous only by its absence. At the Institute meeting the attendance at the scientific sessions was exceptionally good. And that opens another chapter.
The Elections.-In spite of the intense desire on the part of the other man's friends that he should best Gatchell in the race for office and in spite of the intense desire on the part of Gatchell's friends that he should succeed himself, only half the members attending cast votes. Instructed by the tellers, just fifteen minutes before the polls closed we-no, I-visited each section then in session, made an announcement to that effect with practically no results in the way of vote getting. This we interpreted to mean that the member was decidedly more interested in attending the scientific part of the meeting than in voting-and it seemed to me a good sign. Politics have loomed up very large during recent meetings. At Niagara they were only moderately prominent. Perhaps it's the dawn of better days. Let us hope so.
Membership of State Society a Pre-requisite for Institute Membership. This provision we regard as a mistake—and we are not alone in so thinking. The point was brought up and emphasized in a conversation we had with a prominent Institute member, who said that under this ruling he knows of several very able men who are not and cannot be eligible for membership in the Institute. There are personal reasons why they cannot join the Society of the State in which they reside and from what we understood these reasons are practically insurmountable. Then, too. some men do not feel able to pay the annual dues of more than one society and if they prefer that that society shall be the Institute, why should the Institute make such preference impossible? It is perfectly right and proper to insist that the State Society shall be built up to the highest degree of usefulness and strength, but that should be accomplished in other ways than at the possible expense of the Institute.
To our mind there is a logical course in the whole situation surrounding society membership. A man's first duty is to join and make himself active in the local society. Many even of the smaller cities have strong societies or clubs which ought to be a power in the community. They may have only a few members—but much can be accomplished for both the individual and Homeopathy by an organization which holds its meetings regularly and presents at its meetings papers and discussions for the most part bearing upon Homeopathy. When a man feels he can afford to join a second society then he should join and attend the meetings of the society of his State. Following this he should join the Institute. This means an outlay of from ten to fifteen dollars per year for membership fees alone, not to speak of the expense of attending the meetings and the inevitable loss of practice consequent upon absence from home. So it can be seen that legislation affecting a man's relation to societies and the Institute should be carefully scrutinized before being applied. All of which sayings refer just as much to the woman and her relation to societies.
Co-operate-Organize.-LeSeuer in his address of welcome used one word which should be made a companion word to that which we made the title of editorial talk some time ago. LeSeur's word was “Co-operate''-our word was “Organize."
It's the old story about the bundle of sticks-- as long as they are held together by their band of co-operation or organization just so long is there some strength and effectiveness in resisting encroachment of a common enemy.
But let this band become loose or be broken and there is instant disintegration. There should we among the adherents of our school the strongest desire to co-operate one with the other. What is for the good of one is for the good of all. And if by some means there could be a clearing of the cloud of suspicion that so often and many times so very unreasonably overshadows individual effort! Why is it that when some idea is presented-perhaps some report, time is spent not in considering its value and practicability but in "looking for the colored gentleman in the woodpile." The whole intent and good of many a movement has been utterly destroyed by this eternal and infernal suspicion. No organization can be effective unless its individual members sink self to the common good. Co-operation follows organization and Success follows both.
Drug Proving. One of the most important subjects brought before the Institute was the question of making a re-proving of the materia medica. The necessity for this has been discussed times without number and needs no argument. For several years there has been a committee at work and it has undoubtedly accomplished a great deal, but has been hampered by a number of things, chief among which is a lack of money, and consequently a lack of interest-mental interest, not commercial. Did you ever notice that most people are so constituted that they have but little interest in anything until they have invested money in it? Well, that's a fact. Apply it anywhere and see if we are wrong. That which was accomplished this year which was not up to this time was the persuading of a large number of ladies and gentlemen to invest money, and the plan was a most. ingenious one. It has been rather difficult to induce members to invest any considerable sum in the re-proving idea. Fifty dollars seems quite a sum, you know—but when some one hit upon the scheme of asking for forty dollars in quarterly payments, that ten dollars did not seem nearly so large, See? So the idea took and nearly a thousand dollars were subscribed in the Materia Medica Bureau one afternoon and the work of re-proving will go on vigorously.
Two Boston men should be remembered in this connection-H. P. Bellows and Herbert E. Moore. Dr. Bellows is the father of the original movement, while Dr. Moore as chairman of the Materia Medica Bureau this year worked up the “Materia Medica enthusiasm" to a point where the actual raising of money was possible. We would like to publish a list of the subscribers to the fund, but it is not available.
The Colleges.-Several of these were in visual evidence, as it were. An effort was made to have all the Colleges place exhibits of one sort or another, but only four responded. Boston was represented by a number of cases of pathological specimens, Chicago Homeopathic by a long string of microscopes through which could be seen all sorts of uncanny animals and things, and if you were an expert, dear reader, and saw these specimens you would realize that they were the perfection of the art of mounting. We know not whether student or professor did 'em, but they were fine. Hahnemann of Philadelphia had a whole car load of things, including the active R. B. Weaver himself. Their exhibit was the finest we have ever seen and shows the wisdom of putting a man in the right place and keeping him there. Ten years is a short term for the Professor of Anatomy-he ought to be elected for life and paid enough so that he need not do anything else.
Ann Arbor's show consisted of some pictures in an album. Wish we had a hospital in Cleveland like the Homeopathic at Ann Arbor. It's a fine one-right up to date. Smith, Kinyon, Copeland, Dewey, et al, should be able to do lots of good work there—and we hear that they do.
Next year should see more Colleges represented. Rather think it will. Meantime we are congratulating the four who did exhibit and commend their enterprise.
The Exhibitors. For once everybody was happy concerning the exhibitors. Nobody had any complaints. Their location was simply ideal. The fervent addresses of the enthusiasts were not punctuated and perforated by the lightning spark from the static machine, nor were the audiences disturbed by vociferous proclamations as to the ability of each and every preparation to make the diseased one hale, hearty, healthy and consequently happy. No one could go to the dining-room without stumbling over exhibits. No one could leave that much patronized place without being waylaid by the coy, coquettish lady who believes in and drinks gallons of Postum Cereal, or the affable Imperial Granum man. They were there in force and made the most of their opportunities.
Among the most prominent ones we noticed :
The Bioplasm Company, who have a really good thing-Gorman, of Albany, can tell you a lot about it.
Boericke & Tafel, who had a whole lot of books, mostly new, but there were three or four very old ones, which they showed with pride.
The Fairchild Bros. & Foster, who had their very excellent Pepsin and other preparations.
The Bovinine Company, who were active in spreading abroad samples of their health-producing fluid.
The Imperial Granum Company, who had an even more elaborate exhibit than usual. They are certainly great hustlers.
Others exhibiting were: Allen & Hanbury, W. D. Allison & Co., American Vibrator Co., Bausch & Lomb, the Chattanooga Vibrator Co., Fries Bros., Gleason's Grape Juice Co., the Globe Nebulizer Co., Heinze Electrical Co., Horlick's Food Co., Jeffreys, Fell & Co., Justs Tissue Food Co., Langes Tissue Food Co., Londonderry Lithia Co., McKesson & Robbins, Maryland Casualty Co., Oakland Chemical Co., C. II. Phillips Chemical Co., Postum Cereal Co., the Physicians' Standard Supply Co., the Rochester Surgical Appliance Co., H. D. Weed & Co., and Welch's Grape Juice Co.
CRESTONE, COLO., July 1, 1904. Editor Cleveland Medical and Surgical Reporter:-Last April I contracted pulmonary tuberculosis while caring for the patients at the Cleveland Tuberculosis Sanitarium. I left for Colorado immediately; and my experiences in quest of health, comprising visits to many noted health resorts and conversations with those best qualified to discuss tubercular troubles, may prove of interest to some of your readers.
Perchance this letter will be regarded as being of especial value because I shall endeavor to answer an important question which arose at the recent meeting of the American Medical Association, in Atlantic City, viz.: "What shall be done with the tubercular patient after leaving the sanitarium?” Whatever is submitted as a solution to this problem must combine the essential elements of occupation, recreation and curative treatment.
The patient's returning strength causes him to chafe under enforced idleness; and unless his energies are properly directed, overexertion with its ill results is inevitable.
Whatever the employment selected, it must be exhilarating, nonexhausting, and in the open air. There should be some slight financial return, so that dissatisfaction will not retard the patient's progress. It is quite essential that a climate favoring constant out-of-doors employment should be chosen; and that the patient should be under competent medical supervision.
I have visited Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and other health resorts, and I have found no place that meets the above requirements so well as does the world-famed San Luis Valley. I am most familiar with the section of the Valley surrounding Crestone, Saguache County. The valley here has an altitude of seven to nine thousand feet. At the foot of a lofty mountain of the "Sangre De Christo” range, lies this tiny hamlet embowered in stately cottonwoods, which mirror themselves in the clear depths of the mountain streams sweeping beneath them. At times, the snow-capped summits along the range (many of them over 14,000 feet high) blush ruby