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Dr. Johnston then presented a case of follicular conjunctivitis, and Dr. Thomson, of Spokane, spoke at some length upon the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of same. The society adjourned to meet at 7:30 P. M.
Evening Session-September 6th.
Vice-President R. C. Coffey, M. D., in the chair.
A paper entitled "The Treatment of Pulmonary Tuberculosis," was read by Ed. E. Maxey, M. D., of Caldwell.
Discussion by Doctors Watkins, Thomson, Smith, Johnston, Shaff, Mackenzie, Sweet, Worthington, Coffey, Guyon, and closed by Dr. Maxey.
A paper on “Tuberculous Meningitis," by Henry Waldo Coe, M. D., of Portland, was next presented, and discussed. A paper on "Tuberculosis of the Larynx," was read by Wilson Johnston, M. D., of Colfax, Washington.
The society adjourned until 11 o'clock to-morrow morning.
Second Day-September 7th.
From 8 A. M. to 11 A. M., the society was in the hands of the local entertainment committee, and enjoyed a drive into the country and visited the State University building.
At 11 A. M. the society again convened in the I. O. O. F. hall, with Dr. Coffey in the chair.
Paper on "Appendicitis," by L. P. McCalla, M. D., of Boise, was, in the absence of the author, read by Dr. Watkins.
Dr. Guyon, a member of the transportation committee, explained the arrangements made with the transportation companies, which was in effect that they had granted an open rate of one fare for the round trip.
Society convened at 1:30 P. M., with Dr. Coffey in the chair.
Discussion of Dr. McCalla's paper, opened by N. Fred. Essig, M. D., of Spokane, and participated in by Doctors Smith, Miller, Mackenzie, Rothwell, Watkins, Guyon, Johnston, Coffey, Shaff, and closed by Dr. McCalla.
The time having arrived for the departure of the Portland delegation, there was occasion for many felicitous remarks, participated in by nearly all present.
The society expressed itself as being honored by the presence of such distinguished visitors and attributed no little of the success of this meeting to their presence.
Retroversion of the Uterus, a discussion opened by Dr. C. W. Shaff, and continued by Doctors Coffey, Essig, Guyon and Johnston.
Paper: "Chlorine Gas-Its Effects on Those Engaged in the Treatment of Gold Ores by the Chlorination Process," by J. A. McNiven, M. D., of Gibbonsville.
Dr. Guyon, chairman of the Board of Censors, reported that the applications referred to them had been considered, and it is recommended that the applicants be admitted to membership in the Idaho State Medical Society.
The report was accepted and the applicants were duly elected to membership.
In the matter of delinquent members, it was ordered that all members who are three years in arrears, for dues, be suspended from membership, and the secretary is instructed to notify each member so suspended.
Election of Officers.
For president, Dr. Watkins nominated C. W. Shaff, M. D., of Lewiston, seconded by Dr. Sweet. The rules were suspended and Dr. Shaff was elected by acclamation, and escorted to the chair.
For vice-president, Dr. Coffey nominated E. T. Guyon, M. D., of Montpelier. Dr. Guyon was elected by the unanimous vote of the society.
For secretary and treasurer, Dr. Guyon nominated Ed. E. Maxey, M. D., of Caldwell, for re-election. Dr. Maxey was elected by acclamation.
For Board of Censors, the secretary nominated Dr. J. R. Numbers, of Weiser; Dr J. A. McNiven, of Gibbonsville; Dr. A. F. Wohlenberg, of Kendrick; Dr. L. P. McCalla, of Boise, and Dr. Frank Wenz, of Rathdrum; and the above named members were elected by a unanimous vote of the society.
The president appointed Doctors W. W. Watkins, of Moscow; C. E. Worthington, of Moscow, and L. P. McCalla, of Boise, a committee on transportation.
It was decided to hold the next meeting at Lewiston, on the first Tuesday in September, 1899.
After considerable discussion of legislative matters, final action was postponed until the evening session at the banquet.
The society then adjourned to the I. O. O. F. banquet room, where they found further evidence of work by the committee of arrangements in a tempting spread of good things to eat and drink. Dr. Guyon, as master of ceremonies, conducted a very interesting dietetic clinic, which in the discussion that followed brought out remarks wise and otherwise.
In the matter of medical legislation it was decided by Dr. Watkins to make the president, vice-president and secretary a committee to look after the interests of the society in the next legislature. It being understood that they are to insist on the passage of a law similar to the medical act of 1897.
The society adjourned to meet in Lewiston the first Tuesday in September, 1899.
IDAHO STATE MEDICAL SOCIETY-EDITORIAL
The sixth annual meeting of the Idaho State Medical Society held at Moscow, September 6th and 7th, 1898, has gone down into history as one of the most interesting medical meetings ever held on the Pacific Coast. It was not only interesting but its effects will no doubt be of lasting benefit to all who were fortunate enough to be present at the sessions. Dr. W. W. Watkins, of Moscow, chairman of the local committee of arrangements, assisted by Drs. Johnson and Shaff, have much to be proud of relative to the scope and character of the entertainment extended to the visitors. Dr. Watkins, is not an old man but in the fatherly tender manner of treatment of the visitors from within and out of the state he deserves the title of "The Grand Old Man" of the meeting.
Dr. C. L. Sweet, of Boise, of course, was there. No man has done as much in the organization and life of the society
as he has, and no one has a more acute interest in its welfare, and no one attended the meeting at a greater personal loss than he. His paper received the most enthusiastic reception of any read before the society, and it was one which would have done honor to any meeting of any society in the world.
Dr. Anton Holzer, of Uniontown, was one of the visitors from the state of Washington, who took an active interest in the papers and discussions.
Dr. Ed. E. Maxey, of Caldwell, the energetic, pushing, resourceful secretary and treasurer of the society, is entitled to much credit for the success of the session, and the executive work of the society was in excellent condition, for its expedition at proper intervals, and he added a splendid paper to the Symposium upon Tuberculosis.
Dr. R. L. Thomson, of Spokane, shed the light of his smiling countenance upon the meeting, and entered freely and pointedly into some of the most important phases of the scientific work of the society. Dr. Thomson has the leading eye practice of that part of America, but can always find time to leave it to go to good medical societies, yet we must not forget that he has an associate at home named Coe. Dr. Thomson was busy with the good idea which possessed him, that the next Washington and Oregon State Societies should hold their sessions one immediately following the other, so that doctors from west of the mountains in Oregon and Washington may attend both meetings, going directly from Tacoma to Portland, or vice versa, which arrangement will no doubt be brought about.
Dr. C. W. Shaff, of Lewiston, Idaho, reported several interesting cases, one of notable interest, being of a child suffering from acute hydrocephalus. acute hydrocephalus. Dr. Shaff is an easy talker and having always been at the front in medical affairs in Idaho, was at home in the meetings. His advice, medica! and executive always attracted attention and what he sail was followed closely. His election as president was very appropriate.
Dr. L. P. McCalla, who has recently located at Boise, surgeon of the Oregon Short Line, in a splendid paper on "Surgery of the Appendix," precipitated a lengthy and spirited discussion in which the Portland surgeons participated.
And then there was N. Fred. Essig, of Spokane, of course
when he arrived matters took another leap forward, although in his dissection of other people's views, some others "jumped sideways." Dr. Essig has had a very large experience in the care of appendicitis, and by the way has been exceptionally fortunate in results, and when he took part in the discussions interest deepened. The cool masterly manner of address added to the logic of the doctor's advice that medical treatment should ordinarily be to make a diagnosis and to refer the case to the surgeon.
Dr. C. E. Worthington, of Moscow, Idaho, took an active part in the discussion, and did much to make pleasant the stay of the visitors. Dr. Worthington has been in Moscow for ten years, and has established a reputation with his professional brethren throughout the entire region, highly complimentary to him and his professional methods. He was frequently upon his feet in the meeting and what he said was always good.
Wilson Johnston in his paper upon Tuberculosis of the Larynx demonstrated the hoplessness of most of these cases, and incidentally, that the writer is not only a close observer but a good writer. Moreover he spoke from the experience of a good practice.
Dr. E. F. Guyon, of Montpelier, Idaho, made a trip of 1,000 miles to attend the session. A man who has sufficent interest in the medical science to make such a trip to his state society is indeed a student of medicine, and the talk which he gave upon the subjects of conjunctivitus, appendicitis and tuberculosis, caused a Portland physician, who was present, to remark that he felt his own lack of the broadness of medical knowledge in the presence of this modest country practitioner, who was able to handle subjects so widely different as these discussed by Dr. Guyon.
Dr. R. C. Coffey, of Colfax, Washington, vice president of the society, who, in the absence of Dr. Hoover, was president pro tem., made a most excellent presiding officer of the session, and it was often remarked that it was fortunate for the society that the doctor had only moved across the line into Washington. While Dr. Coffey has a general practice, he is noted throughout that region as a bright, progressive, yet conservative, surgeon.
Dr. K. A. J. Mackenzie, of Portland chief surgeon of the O. R. & N. C. was a striking character at the session, and his discussion of the various subjects before the society was in his usual happy vein.