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future annual meetings take place immediately after hearing the reports of the several committees.
Several medical and surgical cases were then reported, with their curative treatment, by Drs. Brush, Johnson, and others.
Resolutions of thanks were then tendered to the Eclectic Medical Society of the State of New York for valuable documents presented to each member of the Society, through the kindness of Prof. Robt. S. Newton, M. D., of New York city.
Also the same to the Vermont Central Railroad, for its liberality in furnishing return checks for all those from a distance. Adjourned sine die.
G. H. PLUMLEY, M. D., Recording Secretary.
Iowa ECLECTIC MEDICAL SOCIETY.
An adjourned meeting of Eclectic physicians of the State of Iowa was held in Des Moines, June 3d and 4th, 1868, at Good Templars' Hall, for the purpose of organizing a State Medical Association, J. A. Reed, M. D., of Davenport, in the Chair, and Dr. W. Molesworth acting as Secretary.
The Committee on Permanent Organization nominated as permanent officers the following gentlemen: W. Molesworth, M. D., of Des Moines, President; J. A. Reed, M. D., and S. V. Duncan, M. D., Vice-Presidents; J. Gadd, M. D., of Montana, Recording Secretary; C. H. Carter, M. D., of Fort Plain, Corresponding Secretary; J. R. Duncan, M. D., of Knoxville, Treasurer.
On motion, the report of the Committee was adopted, and officers elected.
The report of the Committee appointed to draft a Constitution and By-Laws for the government of the Association, was then read by Dr. Gadd. On motion of Dr. J. R. Duncan, the articles of the Constitution as read were adopted.
After discussions on various subjects, the Society adjourned to 8 o'clock, to-morrow morning.
June 4th, 1868.—The Society was convened at 8 o'clock, A. M., President. Dr. W. Molesworth in the chair. On motion, it was carried that we adopt the By-Laws of the Indiana Eclectic Medical Association, by changing article seven so as to read two years instead of five.
On motion of Dr. Gadd it was decided we adopt the Code of Ethics of the Eclectic Medical Society of the State of New York.
Dr. J. R. Duncan offered the following resolutions, which were adopted :
Resolved, That we, the members of the Iowa State Eclectic Medical Association in convention assembled, tender to Prof. R. S. Newton, of New York city, our thanks for favors, in shape of books, papers, etc., sent from New York, per express.
Resolved, That in view of the great work in Iowa, demanding a greater number of live, energetic Eclectic physicians, we encourage the education and training of young men of talent for the great work, and that we represent to the Professors of the Eclectic Medical Colleges that the field of labor demands that more Eclectics be encouraged to locate in our young and thriving State.
On motion of Dr. Rice, it was voted to hold the next annual meeting in the city of Davenport, on the second Wednesday of May, 1869.
Dr. J. R. Duncan was appointed to read a paper at the next annual meeting, on "The Rationality of Eclectic Practice.”
Drs. J. Gadd, J. A. Reid, W. L. Pense, B. T. Gadd, E. H. Carter, N. L. Vansandt, and Dr. Griffin, were appointed essayists.
On motion it was
Resolved, That the Secretary be instructed to forward a copy of the proceedings of this meeting to the Eclectic Medical Journals of New York city and Cincinnati, and request the publication of the same. On motion the Society adjourned.
W. MOLESWORTH, M. D., President. J. GADD, M. D., Secretary.
CONNECTICUT REFORM MEDICAL Association,
The annual meeting of the Connecticut Reform Medical Association was held at Tyler's Hall.
Called to order by the President, J. J. Fisk, M. D., of New London.
The following were elected officers for the ensuing year :
President, J. V. Wilson, M. D., Norwich ; Vice-President, S. B. Bailey, M. D., Higganum; Corresponding and Recording Secretary, W. S. Hodgkins, M. D., Rocky Hill; Treasurer, Daniel Kingsbury, South Glastenbury. Board of Censors–J. W. Johnson, M. D., Hartford ; J. J. Sperry, M. D. Hartford; G. N. Langdon, M. D., New Haven.
An address was delivered by the retiring president, J. J. Fisk, M. D., of New London, on the state and prospects of the medical · society.
Prof. R. S. Newton, M. D., and Paul W. Allen, M. D., of the Eclectic Medical College of New York, were present, and addressed the meeting. The meeting passed off harmoniously, and was very interesting to all present.
The following subjects were discussed : “ Cerebro-Spinal Meningitis," " Use of Ergot,” and “Surgery.”.
Dr. Langdon, of this city, read an obituary of the late Selden Sprague, of this city, and resolutions were passed. A number spoke in reference to the deceased brother.
The next meeting will be held at Hartford, on the second Tuesday in May, 1869
The evening session lasted until about ten o'clock.
A Curiosity.-I have just examined an anomaly in the shape of a child, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Corban, from Tennessee, who brought it to this city to make some arrangement with “ Barnum,” to place it on exhibition.
It is a child eight weeks of age, not differing in appearance from ordinary children above the umbilicus; below that point it is completely double, with four legs, having two navels, the lower one about two inches below the natural position, and in the mesial line of the abdomen, or in the centre of the double pelvis. Two distinct pelves united firmly by the external os innominatum, from the crest of the ilium to the tuberosity of the ischium, throwing the acetabulum of both back to the sacrum for the two inner legs. To all appearance, all the pelvic viscera are duplicated; defecation is normal from each rectum, but does not occur from both at the same time. Micturition takes place from both urethras at the same time, leaving some question whether the two bladders may not be united; external examination rather favors this idea.. The external organs are all complete, save the flattening of the inferior strait of each pelvis, by its apposition with the other. There are four legs, the outer one of each pelvis, about the usual size and appearance, the right one club-footed (talipes varus).
The centre legs, or those in close apposition, are about two inches shorter than the outer. The heads of the femurs being inserted in the acetabulum so near together, throws the great trochanter posteriorly, the knees also in the same direction, flexed at about right angles, with only slight movement of the joints, feet quite small, with talipes varus, and anchylosis of ankle joints. She has no power over the centre legs, but they are movable at the thigh joints. Circulation is complete, and the sense of feeling natural in all. She bids as fair to live to adult age as any child. The parents can give no cause for the deformity.
J. M. Comins, M. D. No. 100 E. 26th st., New York.
RESTORING LIFE TO THE DROWNED.-A French physician, Dr. Labordette, claims to have discovered a process for restoring life to drowned persons after an immersion of half an hour or more. Indeed, it is said that it has proved effectual where the patients have been under water as much as six hours. Heretofore, fourteen minutes have been considered the extreme limit of time during which the vital spark can be preserved without air, and in most cases five mintues of suffocation is fatal. The process is not fully described in the account given of it in the French papers, but it seems to involve the use of an instrument for opening the windpipe, coupled with kneading and rubbing the body.
PROF. C. T. Hart, M. D. At the late Annual Meeting of the Eclectic Medical Association of Ohio a committee, consisting of Drs. Scudder, Judge, and Anton, was appointed to draft resolutions, expressing the feelings and sentiments of the Association on the intelligence of the death of Prof. C. T. Hart, M. D. The following was the report of the committee, adopted by the Association:
WHEREAS, In the dispensation of an all-wise Providence, Dr. C. T. Hart, late Professor in the E. M. College of New York, and formerly a Professor in the E. M. Institute of Cincinnati, has been taken from his field of earthly labor; therefore,
Resolved, That in the death of Prof. C. T. Hart, the profession has lost a faithful co-laborer and able teacher, the people an earnest, intelligent, and kind physician, and society a good and useful citizen.
Resolved, That the sympathy of the members of the Association is bereby extended to the family of the deceased.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be furnished the Eclectic Medical Journal of Cincinnati, and the Eclectic Medical Review of New York, for publication, and that a copy be sent to the family of the deceased.
J. P. MARVIN, M. D., Secretary, E. M. Association, of Ohio.
CHEMISTS AND DRUGGISTS.-A correspondent writes : “ Permit me through your Review to point out a source of great danger to which we are constantly liable. I allude to the inability of parties styling themselves chemists and druggists to dispense correctly medical men's prescriptions. A few days ago, I had a sick child, for whom a medical man prescribed six powders; the prescription was put up by a young man who evidently knew little of his business; and the giving of the first dose nearly resulted in the death of my child! I have since been informed by the Doctor, that the presrciption contained a quantity of drugs to be divided into six powders. Instead of doing so, the druggist put up six powders, each containing the full quantity, and the dose was therefore six times stronger than was intended. Now, I think it is high time a stop were put to this state of things, and the only thing I can see is to have a qualification for druggists; and I would suggest the druggists themselves move in the matter. As things are at present, a lad enters a druggist's shop, and serves for a few months as message-boy and bottle-washer; and then his friends start him in business, and our lives are at the mercy of his thoughtlessness and ignorance. This is one of the cases wherein it may be truly said, “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” It is a great satisfaction to know that when we employ a doctor, he is a fully qualified man, and we ought also to have the assurance, that the chemist or druggist who dispenses the prescription, is likewise competent. The misery my wife and I lately endured in consequence of the chemist's nearly fatal blunder has called forth these remarks, and I trust that they may lead to something being done to save other parents in future from similar suffering.
To ETHER OR EITHER.--An article in the last No. of Lippincott tells the following anecdote of Oliver Wendell Holmes :
The other day died a prominent citizen, who left a legacy to erect a monument to the discoverer of anæsthetic agents. You see they appreciate science at the “ Hub!” This revived the old battle": Was it Morton, was it Jackson, who first found out the use of chloroform? There has also been a row upon this point-a feud like that of Bianchi and Neri-unappeasable and undying. The doctor was applied to in the dilemma. Who should have a statue ? “Perfectly simple,” said he. “One pedestal! Two statues ! Morton here! Jackson there! Underneath the simple inscription, 'To Ether!'"
A NEW STYPTIC.-Perchloride of iron combined with collodion is a good bæmostatic for wounds, the bite of insects, etc. One part of crystalized perchloride of iron is mixed with six parts of collodion. The composition is of a yellowish-red color, perfectly limpid, and produces on the skin a yellowish pellicle, which retains great elasticity.. .
TAR-WATER IN CATARRH OF THE BLADDER.—The efficacy of tar is found to be indisputable in the treatment of catarrhs of the blad. der. It modifies the mucous membranes of the genito-urinary organs. The urinary secretion is increased, also facilitates the exit of the urine, and causes the pains to subside, besides being prompt in its action. It is prescribed in the following doses — For injections (three times daily), one part of tar-water to four parts of water. As a drink (five times daily), a teaspoonful of tar-water to a cup of water.L'Erénement Medicale,
SULPHATE OF ZINC ÎN DYSPEPSIA.—Dr. William A. Gillespie, Louisa Co., Va., (Boston Med. and Surg. Journal), has found that, in addition to a regulated diet, in dyspepsia or chronic gastritis, the sulphate of zinc, in doses of a half grain, gradually increased to two grains, three times daily, in pill or solution, combined with opium, or extract of byoscyamus, affords great relief. His experience with this remedy has been extensive for several years, and he thinks it as safe and sure as quinine in intermittents. The explanation of its modus operandi is, that it acts on the inflamed and engorged mucous coat of the stomach in the same manner that it does in ophthalmia.
BOOKS AND JOURNALS RECEIVED.
The Surgical Treatment of the Diseases of Infancy and Child. hood. By T. Holmes, M.A., Cantab., Surgeon to the Hospital for Sick Children; Surgeon and Lecturer on Surgery to St. George's Hospital. London: Longmans, Green, Reader & Dyer, 1868, pp. 648, — will be noticed in next No. of the Review.