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After discussion, in which the President, Dr. Munn, Dr. Anton and others participated, the President put the question, "Shall this amendment be adopted?" and declared it lost.
The amendment proposed by Dr. Gunn, proposing to exclude medical colleges from representation in the National Association, was next considered: "To amend By-Law, Article I, Section I, by leaving out the words and every medical college likewise two delegates.'" The President put the
question and declared it lost.
The next amendment, also proposed by Dr. Gunn, proposing to exclude representation of medical colleges on the Electoral Committee, was then read: "To amend Article VI., Section 1, by leaving out the words: and every medical college recognised by this Association to one vote.'" The question was taken and lost.
The amendment offered by Dr. H. G. Newton, of Massachusetts, was then read: "To amend By-Law, Article VI., Section I, by inserting words after the words 'represented in the Association,' so that the provision in regard to the Electoral Committee shall read as follows: Every State represented in the Association by members belonging to a State society shall be entitled to two votes, and every medical college recognised by this Association to one vote in the said committee.'"
Dr. Munn offered the following substitute: "No person not belonging to a State Society shall be entitled to a seat in the Electoral Committee."
Dr. Wilder raised the point of order that the original proposition embraced the same features as the substitute.
The President accordingly put the question upon the amendment, and it was adopted.
The following proposed amendment, which was offered as a substitute by Dr. Milbrey Green, and laid on the table at the last annual meeting, was taken up: "To add to Article I., Section I, of the By-Laws, the following provision for the election of Honorary Members: 'Persons of high medical and scientific attainments from other countries may, upon the nomination of a member, and the recommendation of the
Executive Committee, be elected Honorary Members at the Annual Meeting next after such nomination."
The President put the question: "Shall this amendment be adopted?" and declared it carried.
Ordered, That the two amendments thus adopted be duly included in future editions of the Constitution and By-Laws.
The President next called for reports and papers from the Bureau of Electricity, and individuals to whom subjects had been assigned. There were no responses.
The Committee on Pharmacopoeia was constituted anew, as follows, namely: J. Milton Welch, of Kansas, S. B. Munn, of Connecticut, H. K. Stratford, of Illinois, B. L. Yeagley, of Pennsylvania, V. A. Baker, of Michigan.
Dr. Pitzer, from the Committee on Credentials, reported the names of delegates with the recommendation that they be elected to Permanent Membership, as prescribed by the ByLaws, namely:
From the Connecticut Eclectic Medical Society, George Andrews, Henry Bickford, W. M. Burhans, W. S. Campbell, C. N. Gallup, J. D. Gallup, Elmer Horton, Rufus R. Mills, E. G. Smith, L. A. Smith, H. B. Steele.
From the Indiana Eclectic Medical Association, Charles P. Heil, James B. Hudson, John M. Tobias, James M. Westerfield.
From the Indiana Eclectic Medical College, J. R. Duncan. From the Eastern Indiana Eclectic Medical Association, Isaac M. Smith.
From the Illinois Eclectic Medical Society, William J. Nicolay. From the Kansas State Eclectic Medical Association, Morris R. Cohen, J. Harvey Jones, John A. Read, Eli Swarts, Albert H. Vail.
From the State Eclectic Medical and Surgical Society of Michigan, Levi Lewis.
From the Minnesota Eclectic Medical Society, R. Fulton Lynch.
From the Missouri State Eclectic Medical Society, Solomon S. Carr, George D. Coe.
From the Eclectic Medical Society of the State of New York D. K. Allen, J. N. Betts, M. Brockway, Jared Chase, C. Collin, L. D. Crane, Miss Catharine E. Downing, D. H. Foster, Mrs. H. T. Gunn, G. E. Hall, M. B. Ladd, A. J. N. Purdie, C. Spiegel.
From the Ohio State Eclectic Medical Association, James P. Dice, J. U. Lloyd, D. T. Long, J. A. Roberts, E. M. Schooley. The report was accepted and the candidates duly elected, as specified.
Dr. Russell, of Ohio, submitted the following:
"I hereby charge J. M. Hole, a member of the National Eclectic Medical Association, with issuing an unprofessional circular to solicit patronage, the same being contrary to the Laws of this Association.
“SPECIFICATION—A specification is that the language of the circular is bombas. tic, quackish and false. L. E. RUSSELL, M. D."
On motion of Dr. J. M. Mulholand, of Pennsylvania, the charge and specification were referred to the Committee on Credentials with instructions to make an early report.
The Association then adjourned to meet on Thursday morning at ten o'clock, in order to enable Sections to hold their meetings.
In the absence of Dr. Milton Jay, the Chairman of Section A, comprising Surgery, General and Special, Dr. S. W. Ingraham, of Illinois, was appointed temporary chairman.
The Secretary, Dr. L. E. Russell, addressed the members of the Section upon Surgical Progress.
A general discussion followed. President A. J. Howe spoke of treatment and operations for removing Calculus. He exhibited a specimen which he had himself removed, and explained the difficulties which he had encountered. Several other surgeons of merit had given up the case. It was one of the largest of the kind ever successfully removed.
Dr. Younkin, of Missouri, read a paper delineating an improved apparatus and methods for the Treatment of Fractures.
The following papers were submitted:
Antiseptic Wound-Dressing, by Dr. David Wark.
A SURGICAL OPERATION,
At this point, Mr. A. Garman, a carpenter employed at Crawford's Opera House, was introduced to the Section by Dr. S. E. Martin. He had fallen from the upper gallery to the parquette, six weeks before, and injured his left arm. President Howe examined him and declared the shoulder dislocated. Dr. Howe showed by measuring that the injured arm was three-fourths of an inch longer than the other.
Dr. Younkin, of Missouri, also examined the case and declared it a sub-glenoid dislocation. The reporters' table was then cleared, and the patient placed upon it for operation. Chloroform having been duly administered, Doctors Younkin and Russell speedily reduced the dislocation.
The Section now adjourned.
SECOND DAY-MORNING SESSION.
In the absence of the Chairman, Dr. Milbrey Green, the Section on Medicine, General and Special was organised by the appointment of Dr. Albert Merrell, of Missouri, as Chairman, Dr. J. A. Munk, of Kansas, being Secretary.
The following papers were read by title and ordered to be delivered to the Secretary of the National Association :
House-Drainage, by Dr. Milbrey Green.
The Ganglionic Nervous System, by Dr. A. Wilder.
Scientific Basis of Eclecticism in Medicine, by Dr. C. A. F.
Self-Limited Diseases, by Dr. V. A. Baker.
Practice of Medicine, by Dr. A. B. Woodward.
Use of Antiseptics in Treatment of the Respiratory Organs, by Dr. J. R. Borland.
Dr. A. Wilder read a paper on Early Brain`and Physical Culture. He insisted strongly upon the requisites that children should be well born and properly reared. He counted less upon the school and the schoolmaster. Like plants with moderate training, they are nourished and made scholarly by moderate study, but overwhelmed by excess. He was not one of those thinkers who consider the brain as the mind and the bodily structure as the individual. Yet for what he really thought them to be, he would desire great care to be taken of them. The foundation of a vigorous old age is a good constitution of the body in childhood. Temperance in youth makes the best provision for age. The husbanding of the strength makes the individual able for study. He gave temperance the Pythogorean definition, "nothing in excess." Brain and Physical Culture, accordingly, begin and are directly dependent upon nutritive energy. The food should be wholesome and liberally but not lavishly supplied; digestion must be perfect, or both brain and body are starved. In addition, fatigue should be guarded against. It is the worm that gnaws at the root of all energy, impairs the health, opens the way for contagion and epidemic, and finally destroys life. He repudiated the popular notion that women are physically the "weaker sex;" insisting that they are more capable of endurance, and longer-lived, than men; and their peculiar delicacy and feebleness result from erroneous habits and training.
The Section then adjourned.
MORE NEW MEMBERS.
The President took the chair at ten o'clock and called the Association to order.