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J. C. Dalton.
Drs. S. D. Townsend,
On motion, it was unanimously
Resolved, "That the Massachusetts Medical Society, gratefully appreciating the faithfulness, energy and success with which Dr. John Homans has presided over its doings, and managed its affairs; the zeal with which he has maintained its dignity and interests and strengthened its influence, and especially his generous friendship in lending his aid to the Treasury in time of need-now offer him their hearty thanks for his official and personal services, and wish him every happiness in his retirement from office."
At 10, P. M., adjourned.
B. E. COTTING, Recording Secretary, Ex off.
Massachusetts Medical Society.
PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY.
MAY 28, 1862.
The Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Medical Society was held at Mechanics' Hall, Boston, on Wednesday, May 28th, 1862, at 1 o'clock, A.M.
The President, Dr. JOSIAH BARTLETT, of Concord, in the chair.
The Secretary laid before the Society the records of the proceedings of the Councillors for the year preceding, and read the record of the last meeting of the Society.
The Secretary then reported the names of those who had become Fellows during the year, and also of Fellows deceased since the last anniversary meeting.
The Treasurer read his Annual Report, and the Secretary read the Auditor's Report; both of which were accepted, and ordered to be placed on file.
The Secretary reported the doings of the Councillors on the receipt of the Communication from the Rhode Island State Medical Society relative to cultivating friendly relations between State Societies, the appointment of delegates, &c., and introduced to the Society the delegates present, viz. :
Dr. Sylvanus Clapp, of Rhode Island Med. Society.
On motion of Dr. Jarvis, of Dorchester, the vote of the Councillors on the retirement of Dr. John Homans, was unanimously endorsed by the Society.—(See p. 39, Records of Councillors.)
On motion of Dr. J. Jeffries, of Boston, the Resolutions offered by him to the Councillors, and by them recommended.
to the Society for adoption, were taken up, and after debate, they were adopted.-(See p. 37, Councillors' Records.)
Dr. B. Cutter, of Woburn, on behalf of his son, Dr. E. Cutter, read a partial report on Zymotic Diseases in Middlesex East District; Dr. Chapin, of Winchester, read a paper on Keroselene; Dr. Ruppaner, one on Subcutaneous Injections for relief of Neuralgia; Dr. Shattuck, on Fever; and Dr. H. J. Bigelow, on Dislocations of the Hip-joint—which were severally referred to the Committee on Publications.
At 1 o'clock, P.M., Dr. Henry I. Bowditch, of Boston, delivered the Annual Discourse, on "The Topographical Distribution of Consumption in New England, or Locality as a Cause of Consumption in Massachusetts."
On motion of Dr. H. P. Wakefield, of Reading, after a free discussion, in which Dr. Bowditch strenuously opposed its passage, on the general grounds that it was contrary to the spirit of the resolutions passed by the Society Oct. 3, 1860 (see printed proceedings, vol. vi., p. 12), and likely to become a mere form, the following resolution was adopted:
Resolved, "That the cordial thanks of the Society be, and are hereby tendered to Dr. Henry I. Bowditch, for his able, interesting, scientific and practical Discourse."
The meeting was then adjourned sine die.