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new faith to remain grouped with the original Thomsonians. The old men who had led the fight for years against medical intolerance considered their first Charter and victory as embodying everything. But the younger men, with facilities. for more liberal education, recognised the facts of progress. Led by Prof. J. W. Johnson, of Hartford, this element separated from the old body, and succeded in 1855 in procuring a Charter for the Eclectic Society of Connecticut. This statute was similar in its terms with the one of 1848, but more extensive in its powers. Since this date the cause of Liberal Medicine has been slowly and surely gaining among the people of the State. As in other States the Old-School fraternity do not witness this growth with equanimity. Various attempts have been made to procure exclusive legislation favorable to a renewal of their power, but up to the present time all such efforts have failed. So far as can be ascertained the tendency of practice in the State is toward small doses and direct remedies.
The general increase in number of Eclectic and Homœopathic practitioners and their serious competition with the Old School is leading to the same results here as in New York. Specialists consult freely with all practitioners of reputable standing in society, and many of the blue-blooded 'regulars" of the cities are not averse to consult with "irregulars" in country towns when good fees can be obtained. From the outlook I think that we can confidently expect steady improvement from the Eclectics of Connecticut.
BRISTOL, CONN., June 10, 1883.
F. H. WILLIAMS.
By J. A. MCKLVEEN, M. D. Chariton.
By examination I find no report in the Transactions of the National Association upon the status of Eclecticism in Iowa since my last report at Chicago, in 1880. Our State Society still continues in the same prosperous condition as then, each year adding to its membership a few active, energetic men.
One year ago the Society published its Transactions for the whole time of its existence, so far as the papers could be gathered; making a very creditable volume at an expense of between three and four hundred dollars. The annual meetings have been held for years at Des Moines, and are better attended there than at any other point. They continue two days and there is always much work accomplished, the time seldom being sufficiently long even with night sessions to get through with all that is laid out for the occasion.
IOWA MEDICAL COLLEGE.
Two years ago the Society, after a long and spirited debate, appointed a Committee of Five of its leading members to inquire into the expediency of organising an Eclectic Medical College. The committee finally decided, after a number of meetings, in favor of such an institution, and established it in city of Des Moines. About this time Drake University, a young and growing institution, made a proposition to unite it to their school as its Medical Department. This proposition was duly accepted and so it still stands. The Medical College. was opened on the first Monday in January, 1882, with a full Faculty and a fair class of students. It has now completed its third term of twenty weeks.
It is with sorrow that we chronicle the death of John Conoway, M. D., of Brooklyn, Iowa, who was a valued member of our State Society, and at the time of his death filled the Chair of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women in the Iowa Medical College. With this single exception our ranks have been unbroken by disease and death and the very kindliest and most fraternal feeling exists among the members of the Society in so far as the Society itself is concerned. There was an unsuccessful attempt at our last meeting, however, to foist some personal matters in relation to the College upon the Society which if successful might have been attended with unpleasant results. But all these obtrusive personal questions were met by the Society in a manner to preserve unity and good feeling among its members.
The officers elected for 1883-4, are as follows: President,
Thomas Garth, M. D., Clarion; Vice-President, H. O. Conoway, M. D., New Sharon; Recording Secretary, A. D. Moxley, M. D., Kellogg; Corresponding Secretary, J. M. Hull, M. D., Lake Mills; Treasurer, J. A. McKlveen, M. D., Chariton.
The annual meeting of the Kentucky State Eclectic Medical Association was held at No. 171 York street, Newport, on Tuesday, June 5, 1883. The Chair was taken at ten o'clock in the morning by Dr. M. H. Smiley, Vice-President.
The reports of the Treasurer, Secretary, and of the several Standing and Special Committees were received and placed on file. Letters were read from absent members and physicians in sympathy with the Association.
Dr. Poe presented an interesting clinical case for examination. An animated discussion was also held upon the subject of Purpura hæmorrhagica.
Papers were read upon the following subjects, namely:
Iodoforem, by Dr. J. A. Jeangon.
Hæmorrhoids and Fistula, by Dr. James Walters.
The names of five candidates were submitted and they were duly received as members. The election of officers for the coming year was held and resulted as follows: President, Martin L. Smiley, M. D., of Catlettsburg; First Vice-President, L. Poe, M. D., of Grant's Lick; Second Vice-President, N. J. Crance, M. D., of Indian Springs; Treasurer, Frederick J. Locke, M. D., of Newport; Secretary, Charles A. Jeançon, M. D., of Newport; Librarian, Frank E. Locke, M. D., of Newport; Delegates to the Eclectic Medical Association at Topeka, F. J. Locke, M. D., M. L. Smiley, M. D.
The following resolutions were adopted:
WHEREAS, There is a lack of proper enthusiasm among the Eclectic physicians of the Southern States, which is shown by their neglect of State Medical Associations; and
WHEREAS, A State Medical Association is necessary in order to procure proper recognition of the rights and privileges, by legislation or otherwise, of the Eclectic faith; be it
Resolved, That the Kentucky State Eclectic Medical Association do make an earnest appeal to all liberal-minded physicians in the State of Kentucky, to enroll their names as members of this Association.
Resolved, That Kentucky shall come to the front as the Banner State of the great South in the matter of liberty of thought and action in the medical profession to the end that the Eclectic practice, untrammeled by codes and unjust legislation, shall be recognised alike by friend and foe as THE faith.
Resolved, That we appeal to our friends in the sister States to rally round the standard of Reform, and aid in the glorious work of throwing off the yoke of despotism that has so long been resting on the shoulders of the people; to send the veil of darkness that has surrounded the quackery and imposition of the Old Practice, and by the refulgent beams from our new school of medicine show up the old Juggernant in its true colors.
The President delivered an eloquent address in advocacy of Reformed Medicine and the sentiments expressed in these resolutions.
The next annual meeting will be held June 4, 1884.
CHARLES A. JEANÇON, Secretary.
To the National Eclectic Medical Association:
Eclectic Medicine in Massachusetts is far more than maintaining its prestige of former years. It was never better understood, and therefore appreciated, than to-day. Its chief representative, the Massachusetts Eclectic Medical Society, is largely composed of earnest, active and progressive men; is in a vigorous and prosperous condition, and is receiving frequent accessions. It guards with zealous care the character. of its membership, and there is a fine esprit de corps. It rests upon a sound financial basis, and has upward of a thousand. dollars in its treasury. Almost without an exception its members are doing a prosperous business, and there is a demand for educated Eclectic physicians in many of our largest cities and towns. One of its healthiest offspring is the Boston District Eclectic Medical Society. Its meetings, held monthly, are of much more than ordinary interest, and are well sustained. Here also the esprit de corps is high, as evinced by the fact that several members, who are seldom
absent, come a considerable distance-in one case upward of seventy miles-and are unable to return home until the following day. The Boston Eclectic Gynaecological and Obstetrical Society is also a vigorous organisation, holding meetings bi-monthly, the interest of which is well sustained. Another is the Worcester North Eclectic Medical Society, which meets at Fitchburg, and is under the direction of such sturdy men as R. W. Geddes, H. H. Brigham and N. Jewett. The above are all incorporated bodies.
The Massachusetts Eclectic Medical Journal, published monthly, is now entering upon its fourth year. It long ago passed the experimental stage, and is in a very prosperous condition, having a wide circulation and influence. It is Eclectic and says so openly.
The charter of the Worcester Medical College, from which went out so many good men and true in years gone by, is still kept in tact, though no session hasbeen held for several years. Eclectic Medicine here as elsewhere is well appreciated when understood, and our greatest need to-day is an influx of thoroughly educated Eclectic physicians, and to such we firmly believe Massachusetts to be a most inviting field. In almost any one of the thriving manufacturing centres of this or the adjoining States there is room—nay more, a positive need for men of the right sort-and it is our confident opinion that such men can secure both social and professional success here in less time, on as small capital, and with far less hardship, than in any of the more remote regions of our country. Such men, too, would be heartily welcomed by every Eclectic in the State.
Doctors C. E. Miles, 126 Warren street, Boston Highlands, or Milbrey Green, 2389 Washington street, Boston, would willingly give more definite information if desired.
ROBERT A. REID, Reporter.
By E. YOUNKIN, M. D.
Gentlemen of the National Eclectic Medical Association: The State of Missouri comprises 114 counties, and I have a pretty reliable census of the physicians of 102 counties. By