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The Chairman delivered an address on the history and progress of the various departments of Surgical Science embraced within the province of the Section.
Dr. L. T. Beam, of Pennsylvania, read a paper on The Eustachian Tube, showing its pathological and etiological relations with diseases of the ear, nose and pharynx.
Dr. Ingraham, of Illinois, also gave a paper on Perforations of the Membrana Tympani.
The following papers were also submitted:
Purulent Conjunctivitis, by Dr. W. Baird.
Phthisis of the Larynx, by Dr. D. E. Smith.
Catarrh, by Dr. J. E. Briggs.
After some brief discussion the Section adjourned.
No session of Section E. was held. Papers were submitted by title for the Section.
On Small-Pox, by Dr. S. B. Munn.
Considerations in Respect to Vaccination, by Dr. J. Kaye.
Dr. Jay, of Illinois, called the Section of Surgery to order and delivered an address on the Progress of Surgery during the past year.
After some further discussion the Section adjourned.
ECLECTIC MUTUAL AID ASSOCIATION.
The President took the Chair and called the Association to order.
Dr. Yost read a telegraphic despatch from the agent of the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Gulf Railroad, in regard to members proposing to make the excursion to Baxter Springs and the Indian Territory.
The Chair was taken by Vice-President Stratford.
On motion of President Howe :
Resolved, That a Committee of Five, Ex-Presidents of the Association, be appointed to organise and put in operation an Eclectic Mutual Aid Society, under the auspices of the National Association.
Doctors S. B. Munn, J. R. Duncan, A. J. Howe, A. L. Clark and Milbrey Green were appointed such Committee.
Dr. Pitzer, from the Committee on Credentials, reported the names of each candidate for membership as had been submitted, with the recommendation that they be admitted to membership, if coming duly within the provisions of Article I., Section 1, of the By-Laws, namely:
From the Illinois Eclectic Medical Society, N. M. Carter, M. D. Foster, W. G. Le Roy, I. J. Matlock, J. V. Moreland, J. E. Ryan, H. S. Tucker, G. R. Walker, T. W. Williams.
From the Iowa State Eclectic Medical Society, E. H. Carter, A. B. Connoway, E. H. Harris, J. M. Hull, L. D. Johnson, I. W. Martin, J. S. Miller, A. D. Moxley, F. R. H. Reid, A. C. Sherwood, J. R. Smith, Benjamin Thompson.
From the Eclectic Medical Association of Missouri, J. W. Mayberry.
From the Eclectic Medical Association of Mahoning Valley, A. L. Cope.
From the Massachusetts Eclectic Medical Society, W. A· Perrins, Pitts E. Howes.
From the State Eclectic Medical and Surgical Society of Michigan, J. C. Bostick, Paul T. Butler, William B. Church, L. A. Howard, William Jackson, John D. Kergan, C. G. Linsley, E. Martin, J. S. Peters, S. Rowe, L. Sanders, A. B. Way, G. L. Whitford, J. D. Williams.
The report was accepted and the candidates duly elected as prescribed.
The Association took a recess in order to enable the members and delegates from the several States and Medical Colleges to appoint the Electoral Committee pursuant to Article I., Section 1, of the By-Laws.
The meeting was again called to order by the President.
The roll of States and Colleges was called and the selections of members of the Committee announced as follows:
Arkansas, J. W. Pruitt.
Georgia, W. M. Durham.
Georgia Eclectic Medical College, Atlanta, W. M. Durham. Illinois, G. M. Walker, F. H. Fisk.
Bennett Medical College, H. K. Stratford.
Indiana, S. B. Fisher, J. B. Hudson.
Indiana Eclectic Medical College, J. R. Duncan.
Iowa, J. A. McKlveen, J. A. Reid.
Kentucky, M. L. Smiley.
Michigan, V. A. Baker, Levi Lewis.
Minnesota, R. F. Lynch.
Missouri, S. S. Carr, R. L. Galbreath.
New Jersey, A. Wilder.
New York, A. J. M. Purdie, W. R. Hayden.
IOWA MEDICAL COLLEGE AGAIN.
Dr. Russell, of Ohio, arose to a question of privilege. The Committee on the Affairs of Colleges, of which he was Chairman, had reported a preamble and resolutions, yesterday morning, which the Association had adopted, declining to take any steps toward an official recognition of the Medical Department of Drake University. He complained that the other members of the Committee had, in the afternoon, presented another resolution to place the "Iowa Medical College" on probation with an ulterior view to its acceptance next year, and procured its adoption in place of the former deci
sion of the Association. The reversal of that action, he was of the opinion, was contrary to good judgment. The medical department of Drake University was torn and rent by dissension, and its quarrels had resulted in depriving the college of whatever claim it might have of favor from this Association. Dr. Russell read extracts from newspapers printed at Des Moines, and a communication from Dr. O. H. P. Shoemaker, reflecting severely upon the Faculty of the institution and their management, and declaring that the relations of the medical department to the University were little more than nominal and had been terminated. Dr. Russell asserted that Dr. Reid, who had been the champion and representative of that institution, had not stated the facts correctly.
MEMBERS IN ARREARS. BETTER SHOWING.
Dr. Anton, the Treasurer, now reported again the names of the members in arrears, and the amount of each individual's deficiency. The list was now enumerated as follows: In arrears for three dollars, 52; in arrears for four dollars, I; in arrears for six dollars, 22; in arrears for nine dollars, 17; total indebtedness, $445.
OFFICERS ELECT FOR 1883-4.
Dr. S. B. Munn, of Connecticut, Chairman of the Electoral Committee, submitted the following report:
"The Electoral Committee, appointed pursuant to Article VI. of the By-Laws, met in the adjoining Committee room of this Senate Chamber, and duly organised by the election of S. B. Munn as Chairman, and A. Wilder as Secretary. They then made choice of the following officers of the National Eclectic Medical Association for the ensuing year, namely:
"President-Edwin Younkin, M. D., of Missouri.
"1st Vice-President-John Milton Welch, M. D., of Kansas.
"Treasurer-James Anton, M. D.
"For the next place of meeting the vote was as follows: For Cleveland, Ohio, 16; St. Paul, Minnesota, 9; Cincinnati, Ohio, 7.
"All which is duly submitted."
NEXT PLACE OF MEETING.
The President stated the question before the Association to be the selection of the place for holding the fourteenth annual meeting.
Dr. Lynch, of Minnesota, moved that St. Paul be selected, promising reduction of fare on the Western railroads, whereas the Eastern railway lines would not be thus courteous and obliging.
Dr. Munn remarked that most of the former promised reductions of fare on railroads had been little regarded by the officials of the companies professing to make them. The Western roads exact three to four cents a mile, whereas the Eastern lines seldom exceed two or two and a half cents. The entire amount of reduction made in the West do not make their rates as low as the common charges in the Eastern States.
Dr. Judd desired the meeting to be held in Milwaukee.
Dr. Wilder objected to Niagara Falls. It is the great begging hole of the American Continent-a place chiefly notorious for petty tricks to worry visitors and extort money. Besides, the Legislature of New York has set measures in operation for establishing a State Park there. When that is accomplished it will be time enough to think of holding a meeting there; and perhaps the characteristic nuisances of the Canada side may then be abated. The Association had received the greatest courtesy and favor at Cleveland, and the public press of that city had not only given it the most flattering attention, but even suggested permanently meeting there.
Dr. Durham, of Georgia, was in hope that before long a meeting might be held at Atlanta. The climate and temperature were more favorable than in many northern cities; and the cost of travelling thither less than on the railroads of the Northern States.
After further discussion the following resolution was adopted: Resolved, That the selection of the place of meeting in 1884 be referred to the Executive Committee of the Association.