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R. A. Gunn, M. D., 45 East Twenty-second street, New York, N. Y.
S. B. Munn, Waterbury, Conn.
J. E. Yowell, Nashville, Tenn.
W. M. Durham, Atlanta, Georgia.
R. A. Cessna, Rocky Springs, Miss.
J. M. Welch, M. D., Topeka, Kansas.
L. T. Beam, Box 574, Johnstown, Penn.
W. R. G. Samuels, M. D., 1822 Market street, San Francisco, Cal. J. W. Mills, M. D., Denver, Colorado.
PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION.
Notice has been duly given of the following amendment to the Constitution and By-Laws of the Association, for consideration at the next annual meeting, namely:
To amend By-Laws, Article II., Section 1, in regard to annual dues, now three dollars, so as to read as follows: " and shall, likewise, after the first year, pay an annual due of five dollars."
The following amendment was adopted at the last Annual Meeting, in regard to Honorary Members; and is now a law of the Association:
"Persons of high medical and scientific attainments from other countries may, upon the nomination of a member, and upon the recommendation of the Executive Committee, be elected Honorary Members at the Annual Meeting next after such nomination."
At the Annual Meeting in 1883, the standing resolution in relation to controversies of Medical Colleges was rescinded and the following adopted:
"That a Committee of five members be appointed by the chair to consider such matters and report upon the same, and that the Committee be continued from year to year till their vacancies through absence shall require filling on the part of the President of the Association."
Doctors L. E. Russell, E. Younkin, J. M. Mulholand, J. T. McClanahan, and S. B. Fisher, constitute the said Committee.
IOWA MEDICAL COLLEGE.
The following resolution was adopted at the last Annual Meeting, and the subject to which it refers will be the subject of action accordingly:
"WHEREAS, This Association recognizes the fact that the Medical Department of Drake University, of Des Moines, Iowa, 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 recognized as in good standing with other Colleges of the Eclectic School of Practice."
ORDER OF BUSINESS.
The President submits the following programme; subject, however, to the voice of the Association.
FIRST DAY-MORNING SESSION.
The Association will meet at the appointed place, Greenwood Hall, at ten o'clock, and remain in session two hours. The roll of officers will be called by the Secretary. Prayer will be offered by a clergyman, invited to attend by the Local Committee, for that purpose. An address of welcome will be delivered by JOHN KING, M. D., the Veteran of Medical Freedom and Eclectic Medicine.
After the response the President will announce the Committee on Credentials.
The roll of States will be called; and all credentials of delegates and nominations for membership of the Association, which are duly presented, will be referred by the President to that Committee. It is desired that the certificates shall, in each case, give the full name of each individual, and his post-office address and other essential particulars.
The reports of the Secretary and Treasurer will also be read.
The chief business will be the reception of reports from the Committee on Credentials, and reports upon the Status of Eclectic Medi
cine from the several States. These should be in writing. Sections will then be called in their order, unless the Association otherwise direct. The chairman and secretary will proceed with their business; all papers, or synopses of papers, which are read will be open for discussion, at the time. Each speaker is limited by standing resolution, at all TIMES, to five minutes.
The holding of an evening session will be at the discussion of the Association. If held, the order will be section-work. A reception will probably be given.
SECOND DAY-MORNING SESSION.
The hour of assembling will be ten o'clock, unless an earlier hour be ordered. The journal of the preceding day will be read. Reports of officers and committees will be in order. The meeting of Sections will be the regular business of the day.
New business and reports of committees will be first in order; also nnfinished business. Sections will also be held.
It is proposed by our hosts of Ohio, and Cincinnati, to treat the Association to an excursion to the Zoological Gardens.
THIRD DAY-MORNING SESSION.
The Association will convene at ten o'clock, except an earlier hour is ordered. The journal of the preceding day will be read. The unfinished work of the Sections will be next in order; also, other unfinished business, and the appointment of the Electoral Committee.
The report of the Electoral Committee will be first in order; together with the selection of the place of meeting in 1885. The officers elect will be installed, and the usual complimentary resolutions
and other business incident to the closing of business, introduced. The Secretary will read the report of the day's session. At the closeof the proceedings the President will adjourn the meeting.
Fellows of the National Eclectic Medical Association: The work of the session is now outlined for your consideration. You will do honor to yourselves, you will further the prosperity of our organization and School of Practice, you will discharge that obligation which every genuine and conscientious physician regards himself as owing to his profession, if you endeavor faithfully to perform the part that falls or may have been allotted to you. Standing as the Eclectics do, in the ranks of the advanced guard in Medicine, we cannot afford to be indifferent or negligent in good work.
We also repeat the request to all who are desirous to promote the cause and to extend the scope of Eclectic Practice, to communicate such facts of interest in regard to its condition and prospects, and to scientific and professional matters, as are in your possession. An earnest spirit of investigation, with breadth and clearness of view, cannot fail to assure additions to our knowledge which will benefit ourselves and the general community.
The arrangement of Sections will render the early preparing of papers imperative. As the By-Laws prescribe, however, that all papers read or submitted to the Association shall be deposited with the Secretary within THIRTY DAYS, this care and forethought will be no hardship.
We expect a full attendance of those who have the best interests of our profession at heart. The programme is sufficiently diversified to afford to every one something of special interest; besides, it does not confine any one who may have some matter of importance to offer. We are aiming at coöperation, the working together of the best men in our ranks to advance the cause, to exalt the ethical and professional standard, and to combine our energies and efforts for the benefit of all. Nor is it one of the incentives to be overlooked or despised, that the opportunity is given to freshen agreeable acquaintance, brighten the links of fraternal association, and extricate ourselves for a season, with great personal, moral and social advantage, from a monotonous routinelife; which, however necessary, is very certain, if not occasionally interrupted, to deteriorate the health, cheerfulness, and even the character.
We convene at Cincinnati where the National Association was first organised, where our first College was established, where the name ECLECTIC was first adopted as our designation. Our traditions, our
memorials, our history, all refer us thither. To go to Cincinnati on this occasion will be like paying a visit to the family homestead, at an annual Thanksgiving. We are certain to meet the "old folks at home." They are waiting, ready to give us a treat, which shall long be remembered. Let the opportunity not be lost. Repair thither, then, and show them how numerous and how thrifty the family is growing up, not only of children, but even of grandchildren; all of good blood and entitled to more than a step-mother's consideration. Come from the northeast, from the region of the Atlantic and the Gulf, the Rio Grande, the Great Lakes and the Pacific. We shall be prouder than ever that we are Eclectics, when we take each other by the hand and learn of each other's ways and welfare.
JANUARY 1, 1884.
By the President,
ALEXANDER WILDER, Secretary.
E. YOUNKIN, M. D.