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ogy and surgical anatomy, thus making at the opening of the school a teaching corps consisting of seven full professors, and one demonstrator of anatomy, and one lecturer on physical diagnosis; a number, which in comparison with the large and threatening array, presented in the catalogues of modern medical colleges, looks rather insignificant, and yet many gentlemen acquired enough of the science and art of medicine, by attendance upon two four months' courses of lecturers by this Faculty to assume and maintain positions of honor and distinction in the profession.

It was evident from the assembling of the first class that the founders of the school had made no mistake in their estimate of Nashville as an eligible point for the establishment of a medical college. Each succeeding season, and I may say all time since, has but more and more demonstrated this fact, until it has, none will now gainsay, become a great medical as well as other educational centre.

The first class, assembled in 1851-52, numbered over 130 pupils, this number rapidly increased year by year, until the breaking out of the war the Medical Department of the University of Nashville was one of the largest and most important medical institutions upon the continent."

Dr. Cain then gave, in a charming manner, something of an extended allusion to the personel of the first Faculty, "whose members," he said, "were taken almost exclusively from private professional pursuits, and yet so well selected and suited to the various positions assigned them that their work was a marvel of success from the first day of its inauguration.'



'Prof. Lindsley was the first Dean of the Faculty, Of all the members who composed the old Faculty, including Demontrators, as well as the Trustees of that day, he is the only survivor and is with us to-day the honored and revered representative of the founders of the institution.

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"The effects of the war-cloud which settled down upon our city and country and the gathering together of the scattered and shattered remains of the school were then reviewed.

"We are the survivors of 3,700 physicians, who have gone forth from the walls of this college since its organization bearing the names of its Faculty upon their diplomas. According to a

careful investigation made by your speaker of the list of phyiscians engaged in the practice as published in the recent edition of Polk's Register, there appears at the present about 2,200, or nearly two-thirds of this number, scattered over our country, still engaged in medical pursuits. Of the remaining 1,500, some are doubtless on the lists without reporting their colleges, others have dropped out of the profession for different pursuits, and are no longer known as physicians; but the great bulk of this number have passed to their final reward.

It is reasonable to conclude that of the whole number of graduates who have gone forth from our institution during the forty-seven years of its existence, two-thirds of the number are yet engaged in active professional work. Of those who graduated during the first few years, but very few are to be found upon the lists. Of nearly 100 who took their degree with your speaker, during the first two sessions of the school, over ninetenths rest upon 'the lone couch of everlasting sleep,' the remaining few, however, are engaged in active professional work. This data shows the loyalty of our alumni to the profession; and also, to some extent, answers the oft asked question, 'how many graduates of medicine remain in the practice of the profession?' Where are our graduates to be found? Very naturally, our alumni are chiefly distributed over our own and immediately neighboring States, while many other States have a goodly number of our alumni amongst their most prominent physicians.

"How are the graduates of our school being employedwhat are we doing? A careful perusal of the authority before referred to, shows that we are engaged in the same old occupation of practicing medicine in its various departments and usually at the old stand.

"Our members are remarkably free from all the professional short-comings of the day, and cherishing the American Code of Medical Ethics, not alone as President Senn would say, as the Constitution of the United States, but rather as the Decalogue, which admits not of corruption, change or modification, the University of Nashville has good cause to feel proud of her alumni."


At the annual business meeting, a paper on the "Climaltogi

cal Treatment of Pulmonary Tuberculosis," was read by Dr. Nichol, and was very favorably commented upon. After the reading the question was discussed by Dr. E. T. Lewis, of Woodworth, Tenn.; Dr. Edgerton, of Lebanon; Dr. Scott, of Dickson County; and Drs. Crockett and Cain, of Nashville.

The further discussion of scientific subjects was followed by election of officers for the ensuing year. The result follows:

President, Dr. W. H. Willett, of Adams Station, Tenn.; First Vice President, Dr. B. W. Toole, of Talladega, Ala.; Second Vice President, Dr. Q. C. Smith, Austin, Tex.; Third Vice President, Dr. Edgerton, of Lebanon; Secretary and Treasurer, Dr. J. M. Bass, of Nashville.

The Executive Committee will remain the same, and the Committee on Essays and Arrangements for the next annual meeting will be appointed in a few days.

Visiting alumni from all parts of the South were present and manifested great interest in the work of the alumni. Next year's meeting will no doubt have a much larger attendance.The American.

ASSOCIATION, MAY 18th, 19th AND 20th.

Present prospects are that the meeting of the Missouri State Association this year is going to prove very satisfactory. The committees have all gotten to work early, which is a good indication. The Committee on Scientific Communications is already in receipt of titles in numbers and character sufficient to insure the programme scientifically attractive. The Executive Committee are enabled to announce the following programme, the details of which only remain to be completed. The Association will meet in St. Louis on May 18th, 19th and 20th. All the first' the second and the third day until noon will be devoted to the scientific programme. On the evening of the first day the Association will as a body attend a session of the Illinois Society in East St. Louis. On the evening of the second day the Illinois Society will attend as a body a session of the Missouri Association, after which there will be a banquet and reception. On the

third day both bodies will adjourn and join in a steamboat excursion on the river.


Office of the Permanent Secretary, 1400 Pine St., Philadelphia.

The Forty-eighth Annual Session will be held in Philadelphia, Pa., on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, June 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th, commencing on Tuesday at 10 A.M.

"The delegates shall receive their appointment from permanently organized state medical societies, and such county and district medical societies as are recognized by representation in their respective state societies, and from the medical departments of the Army and Navy and the Marine-Hospital Service of the United States.

"Each state, county and district medical society entitled to representation shall have the privilege of sending to the Association one delegate for every ten of its regular resident members, and one for every additional fraction of more than half that number; provided, however, that the number of delegates for any particular state, territory, county, city or town shall not exceed the ratio of one in ten of the resident physicians who may have signed the Code of Ethics of the Association."

Members by application.-Members by application shall consist of such members of the state, county and district medical societies entitled to representation in this Association as shall make application in writing to the treasurer, and accompany said application with a certificate of good standing, signed by the president and secretary of the society of which they are members and the amount of the annual subscription fee, $5. They shall have their names upon the roll, and have all the rights and privileges accorded to permanent members, and shall retain their membership upon the same terms.

The following resolution was adopted at the Session of 1888: "That in the future each delegate or permanent member shall, when he registers, also record the name of the Section, if

any, that he will attend, and in which he will cast his vote for Section officers."

Secretaries of medical societies, as above designated, are earnestly requested to forward, at once, lists of their delegates.


The Presidential Address-Nicholas Senn, Chicago. Address in Surgery-Wm. W. Keen, Philadelphia. Address in Medicine-Austin Flint, New York. Address in State Medicine-John B. Hamilton, Chicago. Committee of Arrangements.-H. A. Hare, 222 South 15th Street, Philadelphia.



The fourth annual meeting of the American Medical Publishers' Association will be held in Philadelphia on Monday, May 31, 1897 (the day preceding the meeting of the American Medical Association.) Editors and publishers, as well as everyone interested in medical journalism, are cordially invited to attend and participate in the deliberations. Several very excellent papers are already assured, but more are desired. In order to secure a place on the programme, contributors should send titles of their papers at once to the secretary,


St. Joseph, Mo.


Office of the President, 284 Franklin Street,
BUFFALO, N. Y., Marce 15, 1897.

Dear Doctor:-The seventh annual meeting of this Confederation will be held in the small banquet hall of the Hotel Walton, at Philadelphia, Monday, May 31, 1897, at 10 o'clock, A.M. The following programme has been arranged:

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