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The report was accepted and its recommendation adopted. On motion of Dr. Russell, of Ohio:

Resolved, That the sum of Five Hundred Dollars is hereby appropriated from unappropriated moneys in the Treasury, for the printing and binding of the Eleventh Volume of Transactions of this Association, and that the Executive Committee be instructed to exercise reasonable and judicious care in the selection and preparation of matter, that this amount may not be unnecessarily exceeded.

The Association took a recess till two o'clock in the after



The Association re-assembled and was called to order by the President.


Dr. Wilder arose to a question of privilege. It was, he remarked, to prefer a charge against the President. Their worthy associate, Dr. Band, of Nebraska, had commissioned him to present the accompanying testimonial. He then delivered to the President a handsome gold-headed cane, "from Tiffany's," bearing the following legend:

"A. J. Howe, A. M., M. D., President N. E. M. A.,
from Charles Band, M. D., June 22, 1883."

"Doctor Band desires you," he added, "to accept this as a token of his high regard, with his warmest wishes for your welfare and prosperity, and the hope that you will live long to remember with pleasure the time when you were the President of the National Eclectic Medical Association."

The President accepted the gift declaring it the highest honor that he had ever received. He heartily thanked Doctor Band for the generous compliment, and more especially for the good will which had prompted its bestowing.

A paper was read by Dr. H. Wohlgemuth, of Illinois, on the Abuse of Opiates.

On motion of Dr. Russell of Ohio:

Resolved, That the acknowledgments and gratitude of the friends and members of the National Eclectic Medical Association are due, and are hereby tendered, to its

most worthy friend and benefactor Charles Band, M. D., of Nebraska, for his re newed generosity, at once liberal and substantial, and that he has our best wishes for health and prosperity and every enjoyable benefit.


The Treasurer asked the attention of the Association to its financial condition. For several years it had carried an indebtedness. There would be no such difficulty if members paid their annual dues punctually. The Transactions and other expenses were to be met; and so long as these difficulties existed it was not practicable.

President Howe remarked that the annual dues were very low, lower than other societies to which he belonged. He favored their increase to $5.00. It was worth that, he added, to belong to this Association.

Several others spoke in favor of the change.

Dr. Russell, of Ohio, gave notice as follows:

"I hereby give notice that I hereby offer this amendment to Article II., Section I, of the By-Laws of this National Association, proposing to change the annual dues from three to five dollars."


The Treasurer, in pursuance of Article II., Section 1, of the By-Laws, reported the names of all members in arrears for dues, in open session, for the action of the Association. There were sixty-four in arrear for $3 each; twenty-five for $6 each; and eighteen for $9 each; making a total of $502.

Dr. Munn, of Connecticut, moved that all in arrears for $9 be notified that they must pay their dues or be dropped from the roll.

Dr. Anton replied that the By-Laws made ample provision for such cases. He also read the following By-Law:

"No member in arrears shall be entitled to the printed publications, or to exercise any right of membership."


The Committee on the Affairs of Medical Colleges asked permission to present the following report :

"WHEREAS, This Association recognises the fact that the Medical Department of Drake University, of Des Moines, known as "Iowa Medical College," is so connected

with a reputable university as to give this College a standing not usually enjoyed by new institutions; be it

"Resolved, That this Association is willing to accept said Iowa Medical College on probation for one year, as has been the usage in such cases; and if a favorable record has been produced at the National Convention, in 1884, this College shall be recognised as in good standing with other colleges of the Eclectic School of Practice. "E. YOUNKIN,



A motion to reconsider the resolution, adopted at the morning session, to postpone action in regard to the Medical Department of Drake University was them put and carried. The resolution of the Committee providing for the receiving of the Institution on probation was then adopted.

Dr. Reid, of Iowa, asked leave to withdraw his protest. The Association voted to grant permission.

The Chair was taken by Dr. Stratford, of Illinois, Vice-President. The Association then took a recess.


Dr. P. D. Yost, of Missouri, chairman, called Section C. to order and announced papers and discussions upon Obstetrics and Gynecology. Several papers were then received.

The Chairman then addressed the Section upon Sterility, its Causes and Cure. After duly considering the principal features of the subject, he referred to the temperamental theories of Dr. W. Byad Powell, to which he excepted, but at the same time asserted his conviction that there was something in a proper adaptation of organisation essential to healthy parentage. If the accurate method could be discovered to determine the proper constitutions, connubial aspirants might be physiologically compatible, and possess genuine affinities, which would assure desirable results. Certainly this subject ought to receive more attention.

Dr. Wilder also took exception to the physiological conjectures of Dr. Powell. He did not believe in his notion of incompatible marriages. Their logical outcome would inevitably be the depopulation of the earth. Every compatible parentage on the Powell theory would result in an offspring

of mixed temperament, till in three or four generations the blendings would be so hopeless that no healthy progeny would be possible. The worst cause of sterility now existing consists in the means employed to escape parentage. Yet every woman suffered by it. Maternity is the true physiological life and is directly promotive of the longevity of women. He believed that genuine compatibility resulted from unselfish affection between parents. He had known robust couples with sickly, effeminate children; and he had witnessed sickly parents whose offspring were numerous and robust.

Dr. Anton mentioned several examples of intermarriage, where the children were healthy, strong and vigorous. He had given this subject much and earnest attention. His observations were in favor of true physiological compatibility. A child was now exhibited having an aggravated form of hip-joint disease. Dr. Russell examined the case and explained the peculiarities of the complaint.

A paper was received from Dr. Latta, of Nebraska, on Criminal Abortion.

Dr. T. H. Jones, of Missouri, read a paper on Prophylaxis and Antiseptics in Obstetrics.


The Association resumed its session, Vice-President Stratford in the Chair.

Dr. Reid, of Iowa, rose to a question of privilege. At the morning session he had obtained permission to place on record a protest against the action of the Association in regard to the medical department of Drake University. But during the afternoon the Committee on the Affairs of Medical Colleges had reviewed the matter and reported a new preamble and resolution. The Association had acted favorably in the matter, and he had accordingly asked and received consent to withdraw that protest. It was his understanding that the whole proceeding of the morning would be expunged from the minutes of the Secretary, and not appear as part of the journal. He now learned from the Secretary that he did not so understand the matter.

The Secretary explained that the journal must be a record of the business that had been transacted. The Association had taken certain action that morning. The journal must say as much, or it would not be a full and accurate record of proceedings. The Secretary has no right to mutilate the record, and it is not in the power of the Association to annihilate any fact that has taken place.

Dr. Reid said that if the record of the action of the morning was not expunged, he must insist upon his protest.

After further discussion the matter was dropped by general


Doctor Russell, of Ohio, presented a clinical case to the Association, a man having epithelioma, or cancer of the lower lip. The skin and flesh were nearly consumed. Doctor Russell explained the disorder and its results.

Dr. S. W. Ingraham, of Illinois, read a paper on Typhoid Pneumonia. An animated discussion followed the reading. Dr. Baker, of Michigan, suggested treatment with poultices on the body, hot packs, etc.

Dr. Munn, of Connecticut, spoke in favor of Xanthoxylum as valuable in such disorders.

The Association adjourned till morning.


The members of the National Eclectic Medical Association and the ladies accompanying them were entertained in the evening by the ladies of Grace Protestant Episcopal Church, at the residence of Dr. S. E. Martin, of Topęka. The arrangements were excellent and everything was successful in the point of grace and hospitality.



Dr. H. K. Stratford, of Illinois, Chairman of the Section on Otology, Ophthalmology and Laryngology, took the Chair at nine o'clock. Dr. Furber, of Kansas, acted as Secretary.

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