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Green will long be remembered at Worcester, and that of Dr. Thompson at Charlestown. The latter served the community, acceptably, in various offices without neglecting his professional duties; and the same may be said of Dr. Huntington, of Lowell, who was the Lieutenant Governor of the commonwealth for one year, the Mayor of the city where he resided for eight years, an active member of the school committee for several years, and holding other offices of trust and responsibility during a professional life of forty years. He was the President of this Society for two years, and of the District Medical Society for several years. A kind and sympathizing neighbor, he was especially attentive to the poor and needy. Dr. Abraham Gould, of Lynn, died at the same age, on the verge of three score years and ten.
In several of the important and populous towns of our commonwealth, public manifestations of grief and respect have been called out by the death of one of our fellows. At New Bedford, Dr. Lyman Bartlett, beloved and respected by associates and patients, died at the age of fifty-eight. From Boston we miss Dr. Moriarty; from Roxbury, Dr. Charles M. Windship; from Georgetown, Dr. Moody; from Hingham, Dr. Fiske; from Cambridge, Dr. Foster; from Newton Corner, Dr. Bigelow. And testimony comes from all these places of appreciation of the good qualities and faithful services of our brethren who, after longer or shorter periods of service, have passed to their rest and their account.
But, Mr. President, there is a provision of our forefathers which I should be sorry not to notice and respect. An address at a certain hour was appointed, but the speaker was not trusted to ramble at will ; by the assignment of the hour he was reminded that there is a time for all things, that discussions, dissertations and orations, are not addressed to unlimited capacities, and that the very appeal to intellectual and emotional activity must be followed by refreshment and repose. Thus man's complex nature, his mind and his body, were recognized. The doctrine of the correlation of forces was respected, though not known under this name. The laws of the construction and disintegration of tissue were not set forth as they are traced out by the physiologists and chemists of the last few years, nor were the early members of this Society able to scan as closely the processes by which the blood is formed from the food and the tissues from the blood. They knew less than we of the passage of the cholesterine and phosphates, resulting from disintegration of nervous tissue, to the receptacles for their detention before being expelled from the body. But they did recognize a truth which, with all the lights of modern science, was not sufficiently appreciated by some of their successors, who, perhaps, however, would plead that to the arrangement of protracted sessions without a sufficient and comfortable dinner, their poverty and not their will consented. This year, gentlemen, the Committee of Arrangements recognize and provide for all the wants of our nature, and he who addresses you can only conclude with an expression of the hope that he may not have wearied you beyond that point where restoration and repair are attended only by pleasurable sensations.
Massachusetts Medical Society.
PROCEEDINGS OF THE COUNCILLORS.
OCTOBER MEETING, 1860. A Stated Meeting of the Councillors of the Massachusetts Medical Society was held on Wednesday, October 3d, 1860, at 10, A.M., at the Society's Room, No. 12 Temple Place, Boston.
The President in the Chair.
Barnstable. Middlesex East. S. Cabot, Jr.
W. E. Coale,
W. J. Dale,
Middlesex South. H. Dyer,
J. B. Forsyth,
A. A. Gould,
Norfolk. J. Homans,
J. B. S. Jackson, W. A. Gordon, B. Mann,
A. LeB. Monroe, C. G. Putnam,
G. C. Shattuck,
D. H. Storer,
Plymouth. C. E. Ware,
J. M. Warren,
A. A. Watson.
H. A. Jewett,
J. G. Meccalf,
H. I. Bowditch, 0. Martin. 53 A
Dr. Charles E. Ware was chosen Secretary pro tempore. The records of the last meeting were read.
The Committee on Finance, to whom was referred the consideration of the means for liquidating the debt caused by the assumption of the expenses of the several suits brought against Drs. Bell, Carpenter and Storer, by Dr. Ira Barrows, reported the following:
“To appropriate to the purpose, for the term of two or four years, the sums now reverting to the District Societies, about $650 annually."
This proposition was opposed by several Councillors, and various plans were suggested, when on motion of Dr. H. P. Wakefield, of Reading, the following resolution was adopted:
"To appropriate to this purpose such a sum as has, before this time, been appropriated to an annual dinner, to the amount of $600 annually.”
In the course of the discussion, Dr. Shattuck called the attention of the Councillors to the fact, that on account of inadvertence, the income of the Shattuck Fund had been Usu. for purposes not contemplated by the testator, or expressed in his will. This sum (about $1000) must therefore be restored to its legitimate use, in order to avoid the forfeiture of the legacy.
The following gentlemen were nominated as candidates for Honorary Membership:
BERNHARD ROESER, M.D., of Athens.
GAETANO VALERJ, M.D., of Rome. Dr. C. G. Putnam, from the Committee to whom was referred “the Memorial of the American Medical Association on the subject of the increased frequency of criminal abortion,” reported,
“ That in accordance with the request of the Association, and to promote its objects, the memorial be presented by the Massachusetts Medical Society to the Legislature of Massachusetts."
The report was accepted, and on motion of Dr. Gordon, it was voted that the recommendations be adopted, and that the Corresponding Secretary be requested to present the memorial.
The hour for the adjourned meeting of the Society having arrived, it was voted to adjourn until the close of said meeting
The Council met according to adjournment. No further business was transacted, and the meeting was dissolved.
CHARLES E. WARE,
Recording Sec. pro tempore.
FEBRUARY MEETING, 1861. A Stated Meeting of the Councillors of the Massachusetts Medical Society was held at the Society's Room, in Temple Place, on Wednesday, February 6th, 1861, at 11 o'clock, A.M.
The President in the Chair.
The following Councillors were present:
Bristol North. A. C. Webber. A. A. Gould,
J. B. S. Jackson, G. Coggswell, C. C. Holmes,
C. G. Putnam,
Suffolk. G. C. Shattuck,
C. H. Stedman,
C E. Ware,
J. M. Warren,
A. A. Watson.
H. I. Bowditch,
J. G. Metcalf,
0. Martin. J. Bartlett,
P. M. Crane,
Worcester North. S. Whitney, J. B. Forsyth, J. A. Marshall. 41