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to call attention to the splendid work which is being done by the Northwestern Society as a body and by its members individually, particularly the Toledo contingent. When three-fourths of the resident physicians attend the regular monthly meetings of the local society it may be said that these men and women are alive and progressive. That's what they tell us about the local society members in Toledo. When these same men and women can come together and entertain a sectional society, as our Society was entertained at Toledo on the 8th of December, it may be said again that they are alive and progressive, and when surgeons can arrange and successfully carry through such a clinic as was presented to the Society's members at the same meeting, it may be said that as surgeons they have made an unqualified success, and the Homeopathic world ought to know it. Maxwell, Parmelee and McVay showed that they have little to learn from those who have made their reputations as surgeons national. We congratulate them most heartily.

We do not wish to emphasize too much the social success of the gathering, though that was all that could be desired. It was its success as a scientific body that we desire most to bring before our readers. As will be noted, the papers were splendid and gave the hearers much food for thought. We bespeak for them careful reading and consideration.

President Parmelee did not make a formal address, but he did call attention to a most important necessity. It is embodied in that one word ORGANIZE. There never was a time in the history of the Homeopathic school when it was more necessary to gather our forces in a systematic, aggressive effort to advance our interests. Nothing is ever gained by haphazard, careless effort. To-day more than ever is “the long pull, the strong pull, the pull all together” an absolute necessity. If we wish to preserve our entity, if we wish to avoid becoming a non-entity, if we wish to escape relegation to the realms of innocuous desuetude" we must unite - we must gather our forces and present an unbroken front-we must ORGANIZE. There are in this State many counties, many towns, and even large cities where no homeopathic society exists. This is all wrong. If only three or four can be gathered together they should form a society-a club if you will, and with it beat down efforts made to shatter our school as a distinct and separate organization. You see we can't get away from that word-and we don't want to do so. We want to repeat it so often that he who reads may have the idea burned deep in his memory—that idea of organization.

You have read lately much concerning the efforts made by the old school to absorb homeopathic societies and homeopathic physicians. Do you know that its efforts have been uniformly unsuccessful? Yes, it's true, a few men have joined old school societies, but where one man has consented to join a thousand have said “No!” Not with a resentful spirit, mind you, but rather with the kindly suggestion that before the old school attempt to obliterate Homeopathy, a study be made of its principles and the results of its treatment. That's the ring of true metal. The Homeopath does not claim to know everything in therapeutics. What he does claim is that the principle involved in the homeopathic law of cure is a scientific fact, and treatment based upon this principle cures disease in the easiest and best way. And we think the old school should make a fair study of that claim before the process of absorption, assimilation, amalgamation or destruction, or whatever it may be called, is begun.

* * * Meantime the keynote of President Parmelee's remarks must be borne in mind. Every town, every county, every cross roads, if there be two or more homeopathic physicians available should have its organization with regular meetings, systematic work and aggressive progress. ORGANIZE! ORGANIZE!! ORGANIZE !!!

HORACE M. PAINE. A meeting of the American Institute of Homeopathy without Horace M. Paine will be like the play of Hamlet without Hamlet himself. Dr. Paine was a member of the Institute for fifty-three years and he missed very few of its sessions.

He was a man of exceptionally strong character and the highest ideals. While he was interested in all departments of the work of our great organization, he was particularly devoted to the class of work which came before the Committee on Medical Legislation. Concerning many matters he had positive ideas and he was not the man to hesitate in acting when he thought action was necessary. With a persistency seldom equaled, and an unlimited tact and diplomacy he pushed to completion, more often successful than not, any effort which engaged his attention.

* * * The worth of such men to an organization can hardly be com

puted. Too often it is true that “what is everybody's business is nobody's business''—the inevitable consequence being that much necessary work fails for want of the work of one man-or one woman. But with such a man as Paine in charge of a project, that project was sure to have the fullest attention.

Dr. Paine was a sincere man. There was about him nothing that savored of cant or hypocrisy. What he said he meant, and what was in his mind he said. He was very genial, always ready for a chatand at the same time always endeavoring to make a convert of him whose views were opposite to his own. He was an executive man, a man who could direct and accomplish. The history of the first forty years of his professional life is a history of the rise, development and progress of Homeopathy in the State of New York.

He was the last of the charter members of the New York Homeopathic Medical Society. He was its secretary during its first ten years of existence. He was a member of many societies, was a worker in many institutions, and a book might be written of his work as a physician-but his name will always be associated by his fellow-members of the Institute with the stupendous work he did in connection with two things—first, the compelling of official recognition by the State of New York of Homeopathy and the subsequent establishment of State institutions in which Homeopathic treatment should be used; second, in the matter of the establishment of State Boards of Medical Registration. In both these causes he was indefatigable, never tiring, never satisfied until he had accomplished his end.

The American Institute owes much to Horace M. Paine, as it does to Talbot and Dake.

Books of the Month

LINDSAY & BLAKISTON'S VISITING LIST FOR 1904. Philadelphia: P.

Blakiston's Son & Co., Successor to Lindsay & Blakiston. Price, $1.00 net.

For fifty-three years this little pocket companion has been issued by this firm. That is all that is necessary to say. It will hold its place among the good things of the doctor's paraphernalia and will undoubtedly meet with a larger sale than ever. . PHYSICIAN'S POCKET ACCOUNT BOOK. By J. J. Taylor, M. D., Phila

delphia. Published by the Medical Council, 4105 Walnut Street.

This little book is a multum in parvo. It is a ledger, obstetrical record, vaccination record, death record and cash record all in one, and yet weighs only four ounces, measures 412x7, is half an inch thick, contains over two hundred pages, provides for nearly three hundred accounts, and sells for $1.00. What more any one could want along the line of physicians' handy account books we do not know. A MANUAL OF THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE. Sixth Edition, Thoroughly

Revised, Enlarged and Reset. By A. A. Stevens, A. M., M. D., Professor of Pathology in the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania; Lecturer on Physical Diagnosis in the University of Pennsylvania; Physician to the Episcopal Hospital and to St. Agnes' Hospital; Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, etc. Handsome Post-actavo of 556 pages, illustrated. Philadelphia, New York, London: W. B. Saunders & Company, 1903. Flexible leather, $2.25 net.

When a book runs through five editions it can be said to have made for itself a place in the book world. The sixth edition of this manual comes to us bearing evidences that much care has been spent in its revision and preparation. A number of articles, notably those on Diseases of the Digestive System, Diseases of the Myocardium, Malaria, Diseases of the Blood, Gout, Diseases of the Spinal Cord and Larynx, have been entirely re-written, thus bringing the work absolutely abreast the times.

Throughout the entire book special stress is laid upon differential diagnosis and treatment and these are treated in a concise, clear and scientific manner. We can recommend the book-not only as a student's manual, but as one which would be of service to the general practitioner as a text-book, to be at his right hand all the time for quick and ready reference. The publishers have added to the desirability of the book by binding it in flexible leather, a point which is eminently satisfactory to the user. A COMPEND OF PATHOLOGY, GENERAL AND SPECIAL. A Students' Man

ual in One Volume. By Alfred Edward Thayer, M. D., Professor of Pathology, University of Texas. Second Edition. Containing 131 Illustrations. Philadelphia : P. Blakiston's Son & Co., 1012 Walnut St. 1903.

The two Compends of Pathology by the same author issued one year ago are here presented in a second edition in one volume. A chapter on the Nervous System and several illustrations have been added and the text has been thoroughly revised.

This work of Thayer's occupies in the domain of manuals the same relative position that is occupied by Ziegler in the field of textbooks. It gives to the student a great deal of general information on the subject of pathology without going so much into detail and minutiæ as to embarrass and overload him. There is such a thing as being too explicit and too profuse in the use of information and instructions. Prof. Thayer evidently knows how to teach, for his manner of saying what he wants to say impresses one with the fact that he is accustomed to handling students.

The issuing of the work in flexible leather is an innovation, which we think might be followed in other works. It is so often the case that a manual is bound with poor muslin in such a loose way that it very soon shows the effect of usage. We imagine, however, that the flexible leather binding, such as is given this work, will prove much more satisfactory to the student. SAUNDERS' MEDICAL HAND-ATLASES. — ATLAS OF THE EXTERNAL DIS

EASES OF THE EYE. Second Edition, Thoroughly Revised. By Prof. Dr. O. Haab, of Zurich. Edited, with additions, by G. E. DeSchweinitz, A. M., M. D., Professor of Ophthalmology in the University of Pennsylvania. With 98 colored lithographic illustrations on 48 plates, and 232 pages of text. Philadelphia, New York, London: W. B. Saunders & Company, 1903. Price, $3.00 net.

We have had experience with a number of this series of handatlases and each one seems to us to be better than the one preceding. We could hardly conveive of a more excellent work than is this one being published for such a low price. The presentation of nearly one hundred colored lithographic illustrations in a book of less than 250 pages is an achievement of which any publisher might be proud. It goes without saying that these beautiful chromo-lithographic plates, to each one of which a clinical history is appended, add essentially to the value of the book, and are such as to make its explanations much more lucid and clear to thus enable the student to grasp the text readily. If we were going to travel and wanted to take with us a set of works on medicine and surgery we would want nothing better than this set of Saunder's medical hand-atlases, including, as they do, so much of importance and interest within their pages and at such a reasonable price. SYLLABUS OF LECTURES ON PHYSIOLOGY. By William H. Bigler, A. M.,

M. D., Professor of Physiology and Pediatrics, Hahnemann Medical College, Philadelphia, Pa. Second Edition. Revised and Enlarged. 205 pages, Flexible. Interleaved, $1.50; Postage, 10 cents. Not interleaved, $1.25; Postage, 7 cents. Philadelphia: Boericke & Tafel. 1903.

Prof. Bigler's fame as a thoroughly good teacher of physiology preceded his book. For several years we have been hearing from migrating students reports of the excellent work he has been doing in Hahnemann College, Philadelphia, and recently there has come with these reports intimations that a certain little pamphlet-sized book, which he had published some years ago, was to be re-published in re

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