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physic. And would to heaven it were so! But is it? truces offered us by the older sect in medicine Hom. Ah, there's the rub!
@opathy has nothing left her but to stand for the This County Society has stood watch-dog for the truth and the right, possessing as we do an abiding State Association at the Capitol of Alabama for full confidence in the justice of the arbitrament which fifteen years. During all this time it has seen the time will surely bring. Legislature grant to the old school almost unlimited The Montgomery County Society will pardon the and exceedingly autocratic power. It has always got Journal if we do not judge its action arighf. Its all that it asked for and simply for the asking. But change of front is so sudden, the measures it propoits eyes have been open to danger. It conducted ses are so radical and the reasons it assigns therefor the medical contest just closed at Montgomery, in are so mercenary, that we must beg to be allowed to behalf of its side, and it saw the substitute to the doubt the sincerity of the society in the remarkable three-board bill of Colonel Quarles defeated by a position it has taken. It is sincerely hoped that we decisive vote. It was present in force, also, when do that body a wrong in thus questioning its honesty, that gentleman's measure, which had the sanction of and should it be brought to our mind that we are in the Southern Homæopathic Medical Association error in suggesting that the Homeopaths of Ala'iama and of the Alabama State Homæopathic Society, will best subserve their own interests by ever keeping came within two votes of becoming a law. It saw their eye on the gun, our humblest apologies will be the justice of our attack, it saw the influence and contritely tendered. weight of Colonel Quarles' magnificent arguments against the dogmatic autocracy and tyranny of the
THE NEW ORLEANS HOSPITAL. old school State Society, and it trembles for the future. It realizes that, as Artemus Ward would
THE Journal experiences real pleasure in being say, "something has got to be did," and hence it
able to present to its readers in this issue the suggests the radical measures outlined in its memor.
charter and by.laws of The New Orleans Hospital ial. And since that memorial was issued the great
Association and it most heartily commends them to high priest and salaried groomer of the profession
the careful and thoughtful consideration of each and in Alabama, to whom allusion has been made, has
every one of its readers. come out squarely in favor of the scheme, the Med
The organization of this association marks a new ical and Surgical Age editorially supports it, and no era in the history of Homeopathy in the far South, doubt it will be adopted without murmur or dissent
It is our first incorporated association having for its by the State Society of Alabama at its meeting this object the erection of a public institution to be dedmonth.
icated to the practice of the art of healing according As a medico-political diagnostician of some expe- to the humane and benificent methods belonging rience we cannot refrain from doubting the honesty
to Homeopathy, and it is the first step toward that of this reform. The adınission of Homeopaths to
substantial development to be secured to us only membership in the State Society simply binds them
through comparisons of statistics treating with relegally to that body. It is not proposed to give to sults obtained in hospital practice in the diseases of Similia Similibus Curantur a place in its councils. the Southern latitudes of the United States. ComThe consultations at the bedside are in every in- parisons may be odious to some people, but no comstance the Allopath upon the Homeopathic call, parison has ever been made between the results never the reverse in the organized profession. The obtained from hospitals in which Homæopathy and hand held out to us is empty. There is no hearti. Allopathy are practiced side by side, at all odious to ness in its grasp. The suggestion of fraternity is our wing of the profession. In every instance on openly announced to be the outgrowth of a fear of record, without exception, the statistics are to the hostile legislation. “The evil day may not be near, favor of Homeopathy, and it is largely through the but unless we heed the voice of warning, it will come deductions logically drawn from these results that sooner or later.” No honorable Homæopath can we have been enabled to secure public institutions accept concessions prompted by such selfish aims, in Massachusetts, New York, Michigan, Iowa, Minand until a different spirit than this pervades the nesota and other Northern and Eastern States,
Naturally the more immediate the relation of statistical information to our people the more likely we are to profit by their exhibition. Show to the citizens of Louisiana, of Mississippi, of Texas and of other Southern States that the results obtained in the treatment of the diseases of the South in the New Orleans Homeopathic Hospital are better than the results obtained in the great Charity Hos. pital of that city and Homæopathy will soon be accorded her full share of public patronage and favor almost for the asking. At present our data comes from points too far removed for it to have that weight and influence it should have with our people. But bring the comparisons of which Homeo pathy is capable to our very hearthstone and the Southern ear will not long be deaf to their teachings.
We look upon the organization of this Hospital Association as one of the most important moves ever made for Homeopathy in the South, as we have already said, and as one which is deserving of the earnest and cordial support of every practitioner of our school in Southern territory. From it is cer. tain in time to spring a college. Given a hospital and a college and other institutions will quickly follow, our numbers will be rapidly augmented, the people will hear more and learn more of us and our system and every Homeopathic interest will be fostered and developed as never before. It is a movement, therefore, that comes home to every one of us, a movement in whose outcome we are as deeply interested as our little band of colleagues in New Orleans possibly can be, a movement which we should all assist in every possible way.
It should be remembered that Homeopathy is not numerically nor financially strong in the Crescent City. Our force in Nashville, in Atlanta, in Louisville, in Dallas, in San Antonio, in Memphis, and perhaps in other Southern cities is fully halt as · large as our force in New Orleans. When this fact is remembered it will be appreciated that the Homæopaths of that city are deserving of very great credit for their courage in this undertaking and their hands should be upheld by the entire Southern profession.
There are many ways in which substantial aid may be rendered. Private donations or subscriptions are always in order. There are a hundred physicians in the South who could' easily give the sum of one hundred dollars each in the memory of a deceased
father, mother, brother, sister or child. The editor of the Journal has contributed this sum in memory of our departed little one to this, our first really Southern Hospital Association, and a magnificent sum could readily be obtained from this source alone if all who are able would but do likewise. How beautiful it would be to have a large ward dedicated to the memory of the departed loved ones of donors to its building fund, with suitable memorial tablets in its corridors and wards, especially if the fund for this purpose and these tablets should come from every portion of the South.
Each of our Southern State Societies should obli. gate itself to furnish and equip a ward or a room to be named for the association furnishing it.
A small assessment upon each member would meet the requirement, and with this connecting link between the Southern State Societies and the Southern Hospital a closer fraternization of all our corporate bodies would be secured and a more compact union of Southern Homeopathic forces than now obtains would be the natural result.
In Massachusetts, county societies, city and town medical clubs and numerous other auxiliary organitions have vested rights in the Homeopathic Hospital in Boston, with the privilege of sending patients thereto for treatment. This plan or some similar plan might with advantage be adopted in relation to the New Orleans Hospital.
Homeopathy in the South needs a hospital. She needs it in New Orleans, alongside the celebrated and much vaunted Charity Hospital of the old school. It will certainly be an entering wedge with which to widely sever the ignorance, the prejudice, the hatred so many of the physicians and people of the South display toward Homoeopathy and her tenets, and the sooner such an institution is erected and in oper. ation the better will it be for the entire Homæo. pathic profession in Southern territory.
Read the charter and by-laws of the New Orleans Hospital Association caresully. Study especially articles eight and seventeen, and then do whatever you can to foster and develope this important interest of Southern Homeopathy from whose successful establishment all the interests of the cause in the Southern field will be substantially and quickly benefitted. Let us all put our shoulders to the wheel, and to our utmost aid our colleagues of the Crescent City in their efforts to erect a hospital on the banks
of the Mississippi that shall be a lasting monument to the enthusiasm, the patriotism and the devotion of the entire Southern profession in relation to Similia Similibus Curantur and the methods belonging to Homeopathy.
QUERIES AND ANSWERS.
AT the suggestion of a valued contributor to the
JOURNAL we have decided to institute a department of queries and answers for the benefit of our subscribers and readers who may wish to seek advice and counsel on any subject in medicine or surgery, either in their theoretical or practical de. partments. The plan will be to refer such ques. tions as may be propounded to the subscriber considered by the editor most capable of giving satisfactory answer thereto. It is hoped that in this way many physicians not now contributing regularly to the Journal, or :o any journal for that matter, may be brought to impart to the profession many a valu. able thought or suggestion of which we may all become possessor. To the young practitioner, especially, it is believed this department will prove helpful. It certainly will if they will but take advantage of this opportunity to solve knotty problems. When desired by a questioner his query will be referred to a physician of his own choice if on the JOURNAL's lists. Otherwise the editor will make the reference and request answer for our columns.
Such a department does not belong to any Hom@opathic journal published, and it is to be hoped that it will prove sufficiently practical and interesting in the Southern to fully justify us in institut. ing it.
Who will be the first with a Query?
Asylum and Medical Department of the State Uni. versity. Plans for future action in these important fields will also be mapped out. Numerous addi. tions have been made to our ranks within the past twelve months, new zeal has been instilled into the hearts of many until recently dormant, and altogether the outlook is much more favorable for a good and successful State society than ever before. Every Homeopath in the State owes it to himself and fellows to join heartily in the work of the Association and to be with us at Fort Worth in May.
Come one and all, and let us commune together for at least two days in the year, and Homoeopathy in Texas will unquestionably be the stronger and more prosperous because of the existence of a healthy and progressive State society.
The following are the officers and bureaux for the current year:
President, T, H. BRAGG, M. D., Austin.
First Vice-President, T. G. EDWARDS, M. D., Blanco. Second Vice-President, M. J. BLIEM, M. D.,
Secretary, R. H. EDMONDSON, M. D., Austin. Treasurer, G. G. CLIFFORD, M.D., San Antonio.
COMMITTEE ON UNIVERSITY:
Drs. J. W. BARNETT, G. G. CLIFFORD, F. HINES, T. H. BRAGG, W, M. MERCER
and H. C. MORROW.
COMMITTEE ON SOUTHWESTERN ASYLUM:
Drs, M. J. BLIEM, T. H. BRAGG and C.
COMMITTEE ON LEGISLATION:
path at all entitled to the right to practice medicine Drs. C. E. FISHER, JOS. JONES, T. MARKS,
need fear to enter that State in search of a location. F. HINES and R. H. EDMONDSON.
But, fair as the law may seem it is highly objec
tionable in two very important particulars. It is an OBSTETRICS:
outrage on the people at large and on the regularly Drs. T. H. BRAGG, Mrs. A. T. HALL, T. G.
educated profession to grant to any set of men in ExEDWARDS and W. F. BAYLESS.
amining Board capacity the right to issue license to PEDOLOGY:
men who pick up the profession. Certainly this is DRS. R. H. EDMONDSON, P, STAMMER and a disgraceful lowering of the standard of medical H. B. STILES.
education. Of what avail is it for the American InOPHTHALMOLOGY;
stitute of Homæopathy and the American Medical Drs. H. F. FISHER, E. E. DAVIS and W. F.
Association to continually raise the standard of re. THATCHER.
quirement in the colleges if legislatures are to make ELECTRO-THERAPEUTICS:
license mills in every State in the Union. Medical Drs. H. B. STILES, R. H. EDMONDSON and
Colleges and Hospitals are the proper training W. M. WILKIE.
schools, and the time is long past when County or
District, or State boards should be authorized to TENNESSEE'S MEDICAL LAW.
place the lives and health of the people in the hands
of men who have but a smattering of medical learnTHE Journal presents its readers with two articles ing and who are without the education and training in its legislative department on the medical law of to be acquired only in the lecture room, the amphi. Tennessee, one from Dr. W. L. McCreary, of Knox
theatre and the wards of the hospital. This feature ville, the other from Dr. J. P. Dake, of Nashville,
of the law is highly objectionable and should be from which a correct knowledge of the present law
repealed, the reputable diploma alone standing of that State and of the legislative situation in Ten. sponsor for the applicant for license to guard and nessee are to be had.
conserve the public health. THE JOURNAL made the error in a former issue of The other objectionable feature is the mixed com. naming Tennessee among those States that required position of the board and the minority representatext-book examination of all applicants for license tion given Homeopathy thereon. The board is to practice medicine. In this we are indeed glad composed of six members, four Allopaths, one to be in error. Dr. McCreary gives a synopsis of Homeopath and one Eclectic. We are told that the law from which it is to be seen that graduates of the Homeopathic member passes upon the parchreputable colleges are granted license by submitting ment of the Homeopathic graduate and determines their diplomas for authentication to the member or and conducts the 'examination required of nonmembers of the board representing the school of graduated Homeopathic applicants. And so with practice to which the applicant holds allegiance; the Eclectic representative.
This is all wrong. the Allopathic, Homeopathic and Eclectic denomi. Homeopathy has attained a degree of greatness and nations all being represented on the State board. solidity that should entitle her to equal representa
Only non-graduates are required to submit to ex- tion with any and all schools of practice in the eyes amination and the board is authorized to issue of the law. Our colleges are the best in the land, license to persons passing its examination, who Our hospitals and asylums give the best results and then stand on the same footing as regularly educat- our practitioners are intelligent, educated, cultivated ed physicians.
physicians as a rule, And our patrons are of the If we are to have examining boards at all and better classes of people, people of education, refineespecially if we are to be compelled to submit to a ment and wealth. Homocpathy is too far along in mixed single board, the arrangement practiced in the world to play second fiddle to any sect and Tennessee, that is, the authentication of diplomas never should our profession be satisfied to have such by one's fellow pathist, is about as fair a law as can a feeble minority representation as that on the Tenbe devised; and as Dr. McCreary says, no Homæo. nessee board,
Dr. C. D. Tufford, Memphis, is attending the Post-Graduate course of the Chicago Homæopathic College.
Further, it cannot be safe nor proper, nor desirable to place the legal affairs of a great and grow. ing school of practice in any State in the hands of
In this case a single man holds the weal of Homeopathy, so far as the law goes, in his hands, and so long as the examination feature of the law holds good our one representative is clothed with the power of an entire college faculty. This power is too great to be safely vested in one individual, nomatter how great, how good, how wise he may be, and the Journal cannot but express the hope that the Tennessee State Society at its next meeting will take emphatic measures to secure to Homeopathy stronger representation on the board, or the repeal of the board law altogether and the passage of a reputable diploma registration law, which, after all, is the best possible medical legislation, the fairest for all schools of practice, the best protection the people can have, and the least objectionable to a high minded and honorable profession.
Officious censorship and offensive medical paternalism have no place in our American form of govern. ment, and the JOURNAL fondly hopes that Tennessee will fall into line, wipe out the examination feature of the law, and content herself with a registration law like unto that which has been found to work so satisfactorily in the State of Georgia.
The Homeopathic Medical Department of the Iowa University had a graduating class of seventeen this spring. When, oh when, can this be said of Texas ?
Nebraska State Society meets at Omaha June 3, 4 and 5.
Hahnemann College, Chicago, graduated a class of 97 last month.
The Cleveland Medical College, the new Hom@opathic Institution, with Homeopathy left oft of its caption, was incorporated in February with a capital stock of $25,000.
The Young Kansas City College turned out six new doctors in March.
Dr. Jesse R. Jones, late of Hazlehurst, Miss., has removed to Memphis, Tenn.
His many friends in the profession will be glad to know that Dr. P. A. Stammer, who recently lo. cated at Victoria, Texas, is meeting with most ex. cellent success in that city,
The Kansas State Homeopathic Society will meet at Kansas City, that State, May 6.
The Habnemann Medical Association of Iowa will meet in Des Moines March 12 and 13.
Dr. alphabet King of Chicago, one of the medical humorists of the day, has accepted the associ. ate editorship of the Medical Advance. A good move on the part of Bro. Allen.