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We call attention to a paper in this mented by another whose victories issue from the pen of Dr. J. E. Mac- may be none the less renowned beNeill, of Denver, Col., upon “The cause they are achieved in intellectNecessity for Reformation in the

ual tournaments. Thus Dr. MacNeill Practice of Medicine."

is bending his great energies—enerThe impartial reader will see both gies that in the old times in the old in the matter and manner of the world justified his clan's motto, Doctor that his ancient Scotch blood Vincere vel vori. is warm in the cause he has so ably He was born February 2d, 1837, in espoused, and that he is in favor of Andover, Vermont. His father rereformation, if not revolution, in moved to Wisconsin when the son the practice of a profession that more was one year old, being one of the nearly than any other concerns the early settlers of the now famous well-being of the human family.

resort, Waukesha. Allusion is made to the clan of indebted to the pen of a prominent MacNeill, as the source of the Doc- journalist for these facts: As a boy tor's lineage, which he is able to he had the advantage of a free opentrace backward to the Clan-war-days air life with such healthful occupaof Scotland. We are told that the

tion as

was afforded by the active MacNeills are one of the most ancient agricultural, manufacturing and mercepts of the West Highlands, and at cantile enterprises of his father. He a very early period were divided into showed great mental activity, and, two great families, one in county after a preliminary period of schoolArgyle and the other in Inverness. ing, was finally sent to Lawrence The old crest was an arm in armor University, at Appleton, Wis. After holding in the hand a dagger.

leaving the university he took up the In these piping times of peace the study of law. But this did not furscalpel has usurped the place of the nish the kind of field best suited to dagger in the hand, and a MacNeill his ambition, so, in the year 1860, we -the profession of arcas supple- find him in Chicago in its largest

banking house, that of Solomon which she foretold with prophetic Sturgis & Sons, where he remained clearness. until entering the army as acting The following three years he devopaymaster, some two years later. ted day and night to the study of Returning to Chicago after the war, that profession, taking his first dihe again took up mercantile pursuits ploma from the Chicago Medical Coland had some years of active busi- lege in 1878. ness life upon the Board of Trade in He practiced his profession the two that city.

years following in Manston, Wis., reFollowing the great fire of 1871, turning to Chicago in 1880, where he he united with some of the prominent remained until 1885, when failing business men of that city in the con- health necessitated a change of clistruction of the "Chicago Silver mate. Colorado was decided upon, Smelting and Refining Works," for and in roughing it at the mines, in the reduction of silver and lead ore which himself and friends were interfrom Colorado, Utah, etc., which en- ested, health was fully regained. terprise was abandoned in 1874, the Four years ago he decided to come times and place being unfavorable to Denver and again take up profesto its successful prosecution.

sional work. Here his practice has In 1875 occurred one of those de- steadily increased, fully keeping pace plorably sad domestic afflictions-as with his increasing fame as a remarkunaccountable as unexpected that ably successful physician and surwas destined to change the whole geon. course of his subsequent career. That which has brought to Dr. Summoned home after a few days MacNeill his more extended fame is absence in an adjoining State, he his able championship of the new reached there only to find it a place method of practice known the of desolation and sorrow from the “Dosimetric" method, which he will sudden and appalling death of an more fully explain to the readers of idolized wife and her infant child. this magazine in our next issue.

Tracing her death unmistakably to After careful study and investigathe incompetence of her attending tion of that subject he decided some physician, called in the emergency, few years ago to adopt it, since when with a heroism born of despair, and he has continued to practice and adunder the greatest discouragements, vocate the method with great success the decision was soon made to carry and zeal, and is recognized as the out the expressed wish of his sainted ablest and most conspicuous chamwife that he should become pion of that method of practice in the physician in the event of her death, United States.




The appearance in the New York We are sure still further honors as Dosimetric Medical Review in July, the reward of exceptional success 1890, of Dr.

Dr. MacNeill's famous await one whose knowledge of his article “Reformation in the Practice profession keeps pace with his extraof Medicine,” and its re-publication ordinary zeal. in various medical journals in this Dr. Waldron, the able and accomand foreign countries, and also in plished editor of the New York Dosipamphlet form, called forth a metric Medical Review, says of Dr. prising amount of intelligent com- MacNeill, that in Medical Polemics, ment, and was wonderfully effective Dosimetry has not his equal a writer in widely extending Dosimetry of great force, clearness and pungenthroughout the United States and cy; his articles attract attention and Canada.

carry conviction by their boldness For this and further contributions and sincerity. Many of his colleagues to the literature of Dosimetry, Dr. in the old school applaud his exposiMacNeill received the thanks of Dr. tion of the radical defects in the old Burggraeve, of Ghent, the great methods of practice, which those less author and founder of the method, fearless of criticism dare not openly and the diploma of the “Institut Dosi- assail, and encouraged by his able metrique," of Paris.

leadership, are adopting "Dosimetry” Dr. MacNeill's career excited early in large numbers. attention in England, and at the per- Dr. MacNeill has a large and insonal solicitation of Sir Henry V. creasing clientage among the most Goold, Baronet, the president, he be- wealthy and influential people in the came a member of the “Society of State, many of whom come to him Science, Letters and Art,” London, from long distances. He is one of the receiving its diploma. He was also Board of Pension Examining Surelected a member of the London geons for this section. Dosimetric Society.





OUR ride from Bouveret, at the vout, and I have no doubt are head of the lake, so early in the hand to worship at the proper time. morning was a delight. We take cars After riding four hours on horsefor Martigny, where the carriages go back we stop over night at Saint over the “Tete de Noire" for Cha- Nicholas, and in the morning take mouny and Mont Blanc, and up the wagons for Zermatt, and soon reach Rhone valley to Visp, where we take the snow-capped Weisshorn and the horses for a ride of four hours to St. glacier, which we can hardly see for Nicholas, and four hours by wagons the clouds which overspread it; but to Zermatt. We follow the Visp val. the clouds break away for a little ley. The river, which comes from while and we get a view of the first the numerous glaciers, is a rapid, glacier of the Alps. We stop at the roaring glacier stream, which attracts Weisshorn Hotel long enough to pick our attention continually, as do the a few wild strawberries, and pass on numerous waterfalls running down through the thrifty-looking Swiss the mountain sides. It is very inter- villages with chalets built of logs, unesting to see the little patches of til we come in view of the little Matground which the peasants have de- terhorn. Very little seems to grow voted to the culture of grapes, with here; it is amusing to see with what here and there little patches of pota- affection and interest the good housetoes and barley; their chalets wife watches the cow, the few sheep built on high mountain sides; one and goats, and their products, as this wonders how the people who inhabit seems to be all they have to live upon. these ever reach them without being Cheese, milk and potatoes are their pulled up with ropes. Two or three main support. The cow is one of the Catholic churches painted white family, and is cared for with great stand out on the high mountain side affection. The stables, or rather the as a beacon of worship to the peas- places for storing provisions, are ants, and look, from the valley below, built on poles or four wooden posts, as it it would be impossible to reach and are covered with large stone them; but the peasants are very de- slabs, upon which the building rests.



This is to secure what is stored inside We come in sight of Zermatt, about from mice or rats, as they can only the only spot in Switzerland of special get up to the flat stone. The roofs of · interest that we have not visited. all the houses are covered with flat The village and scenery were disapstones to keep out the rain and snow, pointing, only the Matterhorn, with and, sometimes under the houses are its horn reaching heavenwards, was the barns for the cattle.

especially interesting. The village The road leads through the villages with a few houses and narrow streets in a narrow path, so narrow that only is not worth noticing. Two or three one one-horse wagon can pass.

A hotels are here to accomodate the nulittle narrow railroad is being built merous visitors. along the winding stream, which will We soon got our breakfast and take away a good deal of the pictur- start off for a four hours' walk up to esqueness of the ride and I am glad I the top of the Corner Grat, about came before it is finished and in op- 10,000 feet high. We have tried aleration. The little Swiss mill, run by most all ways of travel since we left water from the glacier stream which home, and now we come to a very incomes down the mountain sides, is dependent way, and taking our alpine picturesque, and I wish I was an ama- stock, we start off rather too briskly teur photographer so that I could to come

out well the “home take it and many others of beauty and stretch.” We are glad enough to get grandeur.

to the hotel on the Riffel Alps-over Our eight hours' ride is refreshing 7,000 feet high-where our view of after so many thousand miles of rail- the snow mountains is very fine. A road travel. The freshness of the Frenchman points out to the mountain air as it comes through the Weisshorn and a half dozen other pines, and the swift running streams, mountains and glaciers. Farther on and the sun as it comes through the there is another hotel, about 8,500 feet clouds shining on the hillsides, is a high, the Riffelberg. We pass on to delight to one loving nature. One Corner Grat; all the way looking wants to be alone to muse over it, to back at the glorious scenery. think of God and His glorious pro- I choose to leave “ Will ” and go off vision for all our longings and love of alone around the Corner Grat, passing the beautiful in nature.

near the Corner Glacier with the When we returned the Weisshorn snowy peaks almost within a stone's was in full view, and the high moun- throw. The snow is white and glistains of white snow and ice was a de- tening, and the scene enchanting. I light as we take a last look at this almost crawl along over the rocky lovely region. It is about 1,500 feet precipices, until I catch a splendid high.

view of Monte Rosa, which rises al


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