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comparing the population of the twelve counties, of which wehave no report, with counties of the same region, we arrive at a fair answer for these twelve counties. We have in the State 4,834 individuals attempting to practice medicine-of these 4,679 are men and 155 are women.

The different schools of medicine are represented as follows: Allopathic, or "Regular,"





Of this number only 2,546 are known as graduates of reputable Medical Colleges, and twenty of these are women. We have, therefore, 2,288 non-graduates, 2,153 of whom are men and 135 are women. We have 269 persons mainly of the disreputable graduates, or non-graduates, that are either known or strongly suspected to be abortionists. Of these 230 are men and 39 are women.

The following is a list of the graduate and non-graduates of each School of Medicine so far as we have been able to make an estimate :

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Proportionately the per cent. of non-graduates in the different Schools stands nearly the same. Thus we have 1,351 Allopathic "quacks"; 280 Eclectic "quacks", and 74 Homœopathic "quacks."

The 583 nondescript are made up from the Hydropaths, Vietopaths, Electropaths, Rubbers, Spankers, Faith-doctors, Magnetic Manipulators and Botanics. It is due to state that the latter named have a few gradutes, but no identity in the way of State organisation, so far as we can determine.

We have had a law in the State of Missouri pretending to regulate the practice of medicine since March, 1874, but this law has proved quite inadequate. It permitted everybody to register, and many who had an idea of practicing medicine some time in the future went forward and put down their 6


This law provided that after September, 1874, every person commencing the practice should file a copy of their diploma with the County Clerk, but it made no provision against the filing of bogus diplomas or diplomas from disreputable concerns. So that the operation of this law rather placed a premium upon the bogus diploma business, giving prestige to such "wild-cat" institutions as are to-day cursing all the Schools of medicine.

The reputable physicians, feeling the shame brought upon them by the above state of affairs, set out to rectify this evil. During the session of 1880 and 1881 another bill was drawn up. Instead, however, of the different schools acting in harmony in the framing of this bill the dominant party sought to run this matter in their own way. The bill savored so much of the invidious to other laudable measures that it met with bitter opposition and was defeated in the Senate.

Last winter we had a bill passed by the Senate and signed by the Governor, creating a Board of Health whose business it shall be to do away with all foolishness and superfluity of professional nastiness. Each School of Medicine must have a man on this board and we hope great good to follow. The appointment of Dr. P. D. Yost, I understand, has been made by the Governor.

"The Eclectic Medical Society of Missouri," is in a lively and healthy condition. Its membership is about 200. We are sorry to say that a large share of the Eclectic physicians do not see the importance of applying for membership in their State Society, yet there is virtually no antagonism to meet. It would seem from some of the past records that Missouri had two State Societies, but this is not true in fact. The books of the "Eclectic Medical Association of the State of Missouri" were at one time purloined and the Association having neglected to complete the incorporation, the filchers completed the incorporation and sought to carry on the work. The members of the Association then started under the name of "The Eclectic Medical Society of Missouri," and the other died its natural death. The State Society has just closed its annual session at Carthage, Missouri, with a most profitable

and interesting time. Its delegates to this, the National Association, are R. S. Galbreath, J. W. Mayberry, T. H. Jones, J. T. McClanahan, G. D. Coe, E. Younkin, J. W. McClanahan, G. C. Pitzer, S. S. Carr.

Its officers for the ensuing year are: President, T. Hodge Jones, M. D.; Vice-President, Dr. Fisher; Secretary, R. L. Galbreath, M. D.: Treasurer, E. Younkin, M. D.; Recording Secretary, R. R. Smith, M. D.

Its next meeting will be at the place and time to be designated in the call of the officers.



The last annual meeting of the Eclectic Medical Association of the State of Pennsylvania was held at the Council Chamber of the city of Franklin, June 15th, 1883.

Dr. John Kaye, the President, being absent, the Chair was taken by Dr. John M. Mulholand, of Pittston.

Dr. William P. Biles, President of the Eclectic Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania, delivered an address welcoming the Association to this district of the State.

Dr. J. R. Borland, also in behalf of the citizens, welcomed the Association to the county seat of Venango county.

The morning session was devoted to the receiving of new members, scientific papers, and discussion of professional subjects.


The President, Dr. Kaye, and the Secretary, Dr. William Hargreaves, having now arrived, entered upon the discharge of their respective duties. Fifteen delegates were elected to attend the Annual Meeting of the National Eclectic Medical Association at Topeka.

The following officers were chosen for the coming year, namely: President, David E. de Ross, M. D., of Corry; VicePresident, Lemon T. Beam, M. D., of Johnstown; Recording-Secretary, William Hargreaves, M. D., 2725 North Front

street, Philadelphia; Corresponding Secretary, J. R. Borland, M. D., of Oil City; Treasurer, H. B. Piper, M. D., of Tyrone; Surgeon, J. M. Mulholand, M. D., of Pittston; Censors, Doctors P. D. Flower, C. D. Thompson, J. S. Kugler, C. M. Ewing, G. E. Potter.

The Committee on Legislation was also appointed.

The next annual meeting was appointed at Tyrone, on the first Wednesday and Thursday (the 4th and 5th) of June, 1884.


The death of two members, C. Bixby and H. B. White, was announced. Eight new members were received, President Kaye addressing them as he presented their certificates of membership. The new officers were then installed.

Dr. H. B. Piper addressed the Association on Ancient Medicine. Dr. L. T. Beam followed with a discourse entitled: Why am I an Eclectic?"

Dr. Kaye read a paper on Vaccination, taking adverse grounds. A lively debate followed, after which the Association adjourned.

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The general tone of the meeting showed more determined zeal and purpose. Attempts are making at the Legislature to secure oppressive and proscriptive statutes, and the members are becoming nerved to resistance.

There are four auxiliaries, the Central, Northwestern, Susquehana and Philadelphia. These occupy the northern and eastern regions of the State.


The seventh annual meeting of the Central Eclectic Medical Association was held at Johnstown, May 24, 1883. Every member almost was in attendance and a lively interest exhibited. Papers were read by Doctors W. C. Beam, H. B. Piper, S. L. Beam and others; and directed to be published in the Keystone Medical Journal, the organ of the Eclectics of Pennsylvania. The following officers were elected for next year: President, Daniel A. Arter, M. D., of Greensburg; Vice-Pres

ident, Henry B. Piper, of Tyrone; Secretary, B. L. Yeagley, of Johnstown; Treasurer, Thomas L. Bulick, of Altoona.



The Northwestern Association met at Franklin, June 14, 1883, Dr. Isaac St. Clair, presiding. A considerable attendance from other parts of the State was present. The following officers were chosen President, William P. Biles, M. D., of Union City; Vice-President, A. R. McCormick, M. D.; Secretaries, D. E. de Ross, M. D., J. R. Borland, M. D.; Treasurer, Alexander Thompson, M. D.; Surgeons, I. St. Clair, M. D., A. Thompson, M. D.; Censors, Doctors R. E. Vanattine, I. St. Clair, P. D. Flower. The session was taken up with professional discussions, reports of cases and routine business. Every indication of prosperity was apparent.

The State and auxiliary societies are steadily increasing in numbers; yet, as is too frequent, a large number hold aloof. This throws the work on the few, and has more than once retarded progress. But the aggressive temper of the Old School, the conduct of their two medical colleges in refusing to comply with the law in respect to diplomas from Eclectic and Homœopathic Colleges, etc., is doing its perfect work in the way of showing Eclectics that they have neither justice or mercy to expect.


Having been appointed to report upon the Status of Eclectic Medicine in Tennessee, I shall proceed without any preliminary apology. I have a list of one hundred and five Eclectic physicians in the State, and personal knowledge of about fifty of them. We have made no effort to have a State meeting this year. A few only of the Eclectics of Tennessee will take interest in the maintaining of a State Society. Those with whom I am acquainted are busy with their professional practice, and complain of not having the time to attend society meetings. I am of the opinion that we must rear a new generation of practitioners before we can have and sustain an organisation.

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