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der which payment for the treatment of injured workmen is to be made.

The British Columbia scale of fees furnished the model, and the state guarantees the payment, under a system by which the workmen and employer divide the cost.

First visits are to earn the physician $2.50 in the day and $4 at night. Other visits at the office or hospital are to cost $1. Charges for reducing a fracture range from $10 for a rib or broken nose to $60 for a femur, and dislocations from $5 for a finger to $40 for a hip. Operations and a variety of other work will cost in proportion.

A serious defect in the law governing the first aid system has been discovered, according to the board, since the opinion of the attorney general holds that employers can contract for the treatment of injured workmen, provided that the employees agree, and operate wholly without the control of local boards of employees and employers.

tee, consisting of Dr. James R. Yocum, of Tacoma; Dr. N. J. Redpath, of Olympia; Dr. J. R. Hedges, of Everett, and Dr. J. C. Moore and Dr. Ira C. Brown of Seattle.

Application for appointment to this service from qualified physicians will be received, even though the applicant cannot go until later, Dr. Smith, said, providing they specify when they will be ready. The committee appointed will later take up the care of invalided soldiers returned.

The first meeting of the committee was called Saturday evening, July 21. Dr. Pearce Bailey, New York, is chairman of the committee, and Dr. Thomas W. Salmon of that city is medical director, who from a study of conditions in the allied armies emphasizes the importance of “excluding such recruits at the time of enlistment, as they are certain to go to pieces in the presence of danger and hardships, and are not only useless themselves. but a serious drag upon their comrades and the army in general.”

California Would Have National Lep

rosarium California is the only state in the Union which has expressed a willingness to welcome the future national ieprosarium provided for by the passage of a Federal law last January, according to W. M. Danner, secretary of the International Mission of Lepers.


Dr. Robert P. Smith Given Appoint

ment Dr. Robert Percy Smith, of Seattle, who was recently commissioned an officer in the medical reserve corps of the United States army, has been appointed as the Washington representative in the organization of Neuropsychiatric hospital units, recently recommended by the American Med. ico-Psychological Association, acting, in co-operation with the National Society for Mental Hygiene.

The scientific study of the army and navy recruits' minds lest the strain of war might result in a mental collapse was some time ago declared by the surgeon-general of the army as one of the most important services that men trained in nervous and mental diseases could render.

Dr. Smith, following the receipt of his selection, appointed a subcommit

Medical Officers General Persh. surgeon, is a New Yorker, and has been in the army since 1909.

ing's Staff Colonel Alfred E. Bradley, chief sur. geon, is a New Yorker and has been an officer of the Medical Corps since 1888. Colonel M. W. Ireland, senior assistant surgeon, is from Indiana, and entered the service in 1891. Ma. jor George P. Reed, second assistant surgeon, is from Virginia and was commissioned in the regular service by President McKinley in 1899. Cap. tain Henry Beeuwkes, junior assistant

gardless of their previous experience, to a training camp for a stiff course of training before commissioning them for active service.

Doctors from Oregon at the camp, besides Dr. Dammasch, include Dr. W. Carlton Smith, of Salem; Dr. V. R. Abraham, of Hood River; Dr. Frank Van Dorn, of Seaside; Dr. Ralph L. Sharkey of Portland; Dr. Leo W. Chilton, of Canyon City, and Dr. A. T. Blachley of Portland.

Of these, Dr. Sharkey and Dr. Van Dorn have been selected to go to France at once.

Medical Camps Opened The War Department authorizes the following statement: “Two camps in which men from the Medical Reserve Corps will be trained in military medicine opened on June 1st. These camps are at Fort Riley, Kans., and at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind. A third camp at Fort Oglethrope, Ga., opened on June 15. The three camps will accommodate 700 men and the course of training will be three months at the maximum. The doctors will be trained first of all in the duties of the enlisted men of the Medical Corps so that they may take up as soon as possible the business of training recruits. The second month will be largely de. voted to theoretical training in mat. ters pertaining to military medicine, and field practice will be given in the las tmonth. In case of immediate emergency it will be possible to dispense with the last month of training, or even the second if the need is great -but the first month of training is regarded as essential.

Oregonians Named Assistant Sur

geons Secretary of the Navy Daniels has recommended for appointment as assistant surgeons in the navy the flolowing from Oregon: William J. Corcoran, Herbert V. Thatcher, James F. Bell, Jr., and John F. Hart. Hart is from Medford, the others from Portland.

Drafting Doctors In a report made recently to the Council of National Defense by a group of medical experts, it was urged that the selective draft principle be used for filling up the army medical corps. The volunteer system has failed to provide the necessary physicians.

Many doctors have been deterred from enlisting, it is said, by exaggerated reports of fatalities in the medical service at the front. If these reports were true, it would reflect no credit on the profession. Surely doctors should face bullets as bravely as other men. But they are not true. Instead of the British medical service having lost 6,000 men in this war, up to June it had suffered only 902 casualties, and the deaths numbered only 20 per cent of injured. That is not an alarming record for a medical force of 12,000 men.

It is held, however, that the volunteer system is unwise even if it would produce the necessary numbers. It brings into the army all sorts of doctors, many of them far better fitted for family practice than army hospital work. The selective draft would carefully consider the particular qualifications of every physician, weighing his value to his own community as well as his possible value to the army, and

Two of Oregon's Medical Volunteers

at Fort Riley Taken Dr. Ferdinand H. Dammasch, of Portland, coroner of Multnomah County, is one of seven Oregon doctors at the Medical Reserve Officers' training Camp at Fort Riley, Kan. The government is sending nearly all civilian doctors who enter the army, re

would take only men who are well fitted for service and could be spared from their own communities. This is the principle already applied to men of other vocations; it should work still better when applied to doctors. -Tacoma, Wash., Tribune.

Eighteen Physicians Pass State Tests

Successful candidates for licenses to practice medicine in Oregon have been announced by the State Board of Medical Examiners, as follows:

Drs. John A. Wiemer, Cincinnati College of Medicine and Surgery; Charles C. Petheran, College of Physicians and Surgeons, St. Louis; Edwin T. Hosford, University of Iowa; Henry Hart, Quimby College, Illinois; Cyrus C. Sturgis, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; Charles L. Porch, Maryland College, Baltimore; Horace N. Robbins, Tennessee Medical College; Garrett Hogg, Washington University, St. Louis; Edgar Sidney Fortner, Har. vard; James Elgin Kinney, Los Angeles College of Osteopaths; Albert Hadley Cantrill, Northwestern Univer:

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Medical Societies

Montana Medical Men Assemble at

Kalispell The thirty-ninth annual meeting of the Montana State Medical Association convened in Kalispell with an exceedingly large attendance, and it is claimed the largest in history.

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 by President Donovan, of Butte, after which Mayor Pauline delivered the address of welcome. This was responded to by Dr. Campbell of Butte.

Dr. E. G. Balsam of Billings, sec. retary, then read his annual report.

sity, Chicago; Ernest Lamb, University of Oregon; Wendell Phillips, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia; Frederick P. Schultze, Jefferson Medical College; Murray Levy, University of Oregon; William Hall Richardson, St. Louis University; Harvey E. Kelty, Willamette University; Roy W. Hendershott, University of Oregon.

Three New Army Hospitals Orders were issued on June 1st for the establishment of three new base hospitals, one each at Baltimore, Detroit and New York. Base Hospital No. 18, to be established at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, will be under the command of Major Charles C. Billingslea, with Captain James E. Baylis as his adjutant. No. 15 will be established at the Roosevelt Hospital, New York City, and will be under command of Major Haywood S. Hansell, with Captain Jorn H. Trinder as his adjutant. No. 17 will be established at the Harper Hospital at Detroit, with Captain Henry C. Coburn, Jr., commanding, and Captain Thos. H. Johnson as his adjutant.


F. H. Johnson then gave a brief ad. dress on "Thrift,” which he stated does not apply entirely to the accumulation of wealth. He pointed out that there can and should be thrift in art, music, literature, science and every walk of life, thrift meaning merely the application of mathematics to whatever we do that the best results may be assured at the least cost of time, effort or money. He described it as the essence of care and prudence in management. "The thrift of the German people is their most enviable

inates and works it out, it will be of benefit to all concerned. In Europe, he stated, health insurance has been more or less in force for years, and became compulsory in Great Britain in 1911.

The balance of the session was giv. en over to addresses on technical subjects, Dr. A. J. Lanza, of Butte, delivered a paper on "Miners' Consumption," and Dr. S. Marx White of Minneapolis, on "The Use and Abuse of Digi. talis."

quality,” said the speaker, "and it is only through this trait of the people that the German government has been able to prosecute so long its war against the world."

In speaking of the war Mr. Johnson said that the Kaiser had found that he could not use the German-Ameri. cans in his plots against this country, but had had to rely upon other agen. cies, and stated that in his mind there is no doubt that Germany is financing the I. W. W. organization in this coun. try.

Dr. Witherspoon, chairman of the Red Cross society in the state, was next, and spoke briefly upon the duty of physicians as to military service. He stated that there is a question of thrift to be considered in this ques. tion; that it would not be fair to Montana if all enlisted, although all might wish to so do. “We owe something to the state, and something to the nation," he said. The thing to do is to figure out how we ought to respond to the call of the nation, and in this I believe that the medical profession of the state will set a pace which will be of help to the country.”

The address of the president, Dr. John A. Donovan, of Butte, was then delivered. The first part was devoted to matters of interest to members of the profession, but he closed with a ringing patriotic address which brought forth a storm of applause.

Dr. Donovan regretted the inabil. ity of the association to secure an amendment to the compensation act so that the injured workman might employ his own physician, and that the physicians would be assured of compensation for at least the

me consumed on the case. This failure, he thinks, is evidence that the organiza. tion is still defective.

He also believes that "social insurance" in inevitable, and if an organ. ized profession, knowing the limita. tions and necessities of mankind, orig.


Physicians Attending Seattle Clinics

Increase One hundred and fifty-five physicians and surgeons attended the medical and surgical institute held in Seattle in July, it was announced. They included members of the medical profession from Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The institute is being conducted under the direction of the extension division of the University of Washington.

Dr. Allen B. Kanavel, assistant professor of surgery at Northwestern Medical School, who lectured nightly at the First Presbyterian Church, was the guest of the alumni association of Northwestern University at luncheon at the Elks' Club.

The program included a lecture by Dr. Martin H. Fischer, professor of physiology at the University of Cincinnati, on “Nephritis.” A clinic on "Spotty Parenchymatous Nephritis” was also held. Dr. Kanavel lectured at the Metropolitan Club on “Surgery of the Spleen.” Following the lecture there was a smoker and buffet lunch for those attending the course.

In addition to the regular clinics on the program the following special clinics were held. At the City Hos. pital, 9:30 a. m., exhibition of brain, skull, spine and cord cases, Dr. Alfred Raymond; Orthopedic hospital, 8 a. m., web fingers and toes and goiter, Dr. Dan H. Palmer; Providence HosF. A. Phillips, Seattle; Dr. Kantner, Seattle; D. G. Mitchell, Seattle; A. A. Matthews, Spokane; J. M. Bannert, South Bend; J. W. Wilkins, Seattle; J. H. Henderson, Seattle; Carl A. Lind, Seattle; E. E. Grant, Seattle; H. E. Cleveland, Burlington; S. H. Johnson, Bellingham; E. A. Montague, Tacoma; W. J. Howell, Spokane; L. H. Jacobson, Stanwood; A. O. Lensman, Seattle; T. H. Grosvenor, Wenatchee; Montgomery Russel, Seattle; W. A. Shannon; Mabelle Seagrave, Seattle; W. W. Cheney, Fall City; B. F. West, Seattle; H. C. Watkins, Hoquiam; J. E. Else, Portland; E. M. Browne, Ta. coma; E. Hill, Walla Walla; C. A. Smith, Seattle; G. F. Pierrot, Skamokawa; E. T. Martin, Seattle; L. W. Renfro, Seattle; G. M. McLaughlin, Seattle; W. C. Cox, Everett; C. B. Jones, Everett; A. E. Simpson, Seattle; F. E. Boyden, Pendleton, Ore.; C. S. Noble, Seattle; W. W. McKinney, Seattle; J. L. Hutchinson, Seattle; Frida Nadeau, Seattle; H. J. Clark, Seattle; William Speidel, Seattle; W. N. Keller, Tacoma; Fred C. Parker, Seattle; E. C. Lanter, Seattle; C. E. Guthrie, Seattle; G. F. Warmburg, Seattle; F. H. Brown, Seattle; D. M. Stone, Seattle.

pital, 7:30 a. m., bunions, goiters, Dr. George M. Horton; Seattle General hospital, 9:15 a. m., tonsilectomy-gas oxygen anaesthesia, Dr. L. H. Max. son; anaesthetist, Dr. M. W. McKinney, in charge of clinic; 1105 Cobb Building, 5 p. m., diagnosis and treatment of more common urinary condi. tions, Dr. G. S. Peterkin.

Following were the physician attending:

R. M. Purman, Seattle; J. R. Brown, Tacoma; H. A. Shaw, Seattle; M. Burdon, Anacortes; G. M. Horton, Seattle; P. W. Willis, Seattle; G. S. Peterkin, Seattle; F. J. Filz, Seattle; H. J. Davidson, Seattle; F. R. Hedges, Everett; W. C. Woodward, Seattle; M. M. Brown, Seattle; J. B. Engleson, Seattle; P. B. Swearingen, Tacoma; N. L. Thompson, Everett; L. G. Spaulding, Kennewick; D. H. Palmer, Seattle; G. A. Dowling, Seattle; Alfred Raymond, Seattle; William A. Monroe, Tacoma; S. D. Coffin, Seattle; Albert Lessing, Seattle; J. E. Godfrey, Seattle; M. Koitbashi, Seattle; W. C. Heussey, Seattle; G. C. Spurgeon, Seattle; H. G. Lazelle, Seattle; J. B. Manning, Seattle; A. T. Wanamaker, Seattle; G. W. Swift, Seattle; O. W. Schmidt, Edmonds; G. A. Booth, Seattle; F. M. Carroll, Seattle; H. S. Smith, Black Diamond; I. A. Weichbrodt, Seattle; J. L. Lane, Seattle; D. M. Stone, Seattle; William F. West, Everett; M. M. Park, Seattle; L. G. Woodford, Everett; S. J. Stewart, Seattle; D. V. Von Puhl, Seattle; F. D. Underwood, Seattle; E. E. Hemingway, Seattle; Edmund Taake, Seattle; W. A. Groenlund, Seattle; W. V. Bulick, Tacoma; E. M. Strang, Sprague; 0. G. Kesling, Arlington; M. M. Armstrong, Seattle; S. F. Wiltsie, Seattle; E. E. Hoff, Seattle; John Hunt, Seattle; A. H. Gray, Seattle; D. A. Ewing, Seattle; J. R. Steazall, Tacoma; Dr. Lytle, Bothell; Elmer Nicholson, Seat. tle; R. W. Armstrong, Camas; J. W. Bailey, Seattle; C. Crookall, Seattle;

Dr. Carpenter states, in his “Comparative Physiology," that a grain of musk has been kept freely exposed to the air of a room, of which the door and window were constantly open, for ten years, during all of which time the air, though constantly changed, was completely impregnated with the odor of musk, and yet at the end of that time the particle was found not to be sensibly diminished in weight.

Do a thing a little better than it was ever done before and you'll never have to worry for lack of work.

Hunger is the best seasoning for food.

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