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Societies.

WEST SIDE BRANCH-CHICAGO HOMEOPATHIC MEDICAL

SOCIETY.

The Oak Park Society was host to the city society in February. The club house was gay with valentine decoration. The general subject was Stomach Symptoms, Differential Diagnosis and Treatment. The essayists were Drs. Beebe, McBurney and Ruggles. The papers will be printed in full in the CLINIQUE. The discussion was lively and well interspersed with fun to relieve the seriousness of the gastric situation. And the informal luncheon at the close did not modify the prognosis. A goodly number of the city society met at dinner down town, and made the trip in their machines, carrying with them a complement of guests.

Dr. Beebe read a paper on the "Etiology and Diagnosis of Gastric Ulcer,'' in which he emphasized the importance of a clear distinction between functional gastric derangements and true organic disease. He cited several cases in which disappointment had resulted from failure to make this differentiation.

He advanced some original ideas as to the faulty nutritional states predisposing to this disease, and supported his claim by very strong argument. He holds that a general anemia of greater or less degree is the underlying cause in at least a majority of cases.

Mr. McBurney's paper was on the "Surgical Treatment of Gastric Ulcer," and he gave statistics from the greatest surgical clinics of the world, showing the frequency with which carcinoma is secondary to ulcer, making a strong plea for the surgical cure. Post-mortem records have shown that twenty per cent. of patients suffering from gastric ulcer ultimately die of pulmonary tuberculosis.

The discussion of these papers brought out a wonderful variety of opinions as to cause and cure, and proved at least that the last word is not yet said upon the subject.

Six applications for membership to the Chicago Homeopathic Medical Society were presented this month. Thus far this Thus far this year the followAlbert F. Storke, A. H. Waterman, Della McMullen, J. F. Roemer (Waukegan), Clara A.

ing have been added to the membership list:

Hendy, H. W. Miller, Frances M. Sadden, Robert M. Melendy, Roger Farley, Harlan E. Mize, Carl Frischkorn, A. C. Cowperthwaite, C. B. Saunders, Annette A. Saunders, Josephine Paine, A. M. West, J. W. Hingston, J. H. Appleman, Clinton C. Collier, John W. Cornell, Frank H. Blackmarr. Some of these names were acted upon in time for the 1911 edition, printed by the organization committee. Members are requested to correct their printed list and to notify the chairman, Dr. Mitchell, of any error in that list. Only by a co-operation of the members can a correct list be maintained.

E. M. L.

SPECIAL DINNER OF THE CHICAGO HOMEOPATHIC MEDICAL SOCIETY.

The Chicago Homeopathic Medical Society met at dinner at Hotel Sherman Monday, March 4, for a further discussion of the recent decision of the supreme court which declared the "university bill" unconstitutional, and thereby nullified the recent appropriation of $60,000 per annum for the maintenance of the College of Physicians and Surgeons as the medical department of the state university. As most of the medical profession know, this decision was rendered subsequent to the action of Dr. Neiberger, president of the Illinois Homeopathic Medical Association, in bringing suit in the circuit court of Sangamon County against the state treasurer and the state auditor, raising the objection that this amendment, covering the appropriation, inserted in the omnibus university bill on the last night of the 1911 session, had not been printed in conformity with the state constitution. At the conference following the dinner, Dr. Gordon presided. Dr. Neiberger, president of the state society, and Dr. Tenney, as secretary, presented the steps whereby the work was initiated. Attorney Ashcraft, who did the legal work, was the guest of the evening, and spoke briefly on the value of the measure as a wise civic movement. Another guest J. Stanley Brown, an educator from Joliet, reviewed the peril of educational trusts. Drs. Houston, of Joliet, Smith, of Freeport, Armstrong, of Springfield, and Calvert, of Dwight, represented different sections of the state. Dr. Wilson recalled important data in national legislation, emphasizing the fact that the homeopathic profession stands for health legislation, but not for medical legislation. Dr. Haseltine concluded. the program with a plea for constructive legislation.

Dr. Tenney presented the following as a basis for future activities:

We are firm in the conviction that the legislature of Illinois, as a whole, is with us in opposing the appropriation of state funds for a university medical school.

We believe that the change in the appropriation bill (made during the morning hours of the closing all-night session) was contrary to the expressed wish of the legislature as a whole.

We know now that it was unconstitutional, and could not stand.

We are assured that the great majority of our assemblymen are grateful to us for forcing a supreme court decision on this long acknowledged abuse of legislative usage.

We are confident that the next legislature will not re-enact the appropriation bill we have opposed.

We know we have rendered a great service to representative government in Illinois, as against clique rule.

We expect the people of Illinois to appreciate these facts, and to give us their support in our efforts to establish proper precedents and procedure in the dispersing of state funds, in so far, at least, as the medical profession is concerned..

Even Governor Deneen, who personally favored the P. & S. appropriation bill, has declared he "always opposed the method of handling the omnibus bill."

My first proposition is, that the methods in vogue, of obtaining public funds through political preferment, are wrong in principle and evil in application.

My second proposition is, that the legislature as a whole, and the people of Illinois at large, are entitled to know the facts from an unbiased source.

My third proposition is to secure the appointment, by joint resolution of the house and senate, of a special commission, provided with ample funds for a thorough investigation of the whole medical and health situation in Illinois, relative to the following questions:

1st. Should the state spend money for subsidizing medical education, and if so, how?

2d. Should the state engage in research work, and if so, how?

3d. Should the state have a permanent provision for scientific investigation, and if so, how?

Let us get a fair, average, common sense, every-day answer to these questions.

S. M. H.

METROPOLITAN, CUMBERLAND STREET AND FLOWER HOSPITAL-JOINT EXAMINATIONS.

An examination for the appointment of internes to the above hospitals will be held on April 10, 1912. Thirty-four positions will be awarded according to standing in the examination, each candidate securing his preference while vacancies remain, then his second or third choice. Identical examinations will be held in Ann Arbor, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland, St. Louis and San Francisco.

Application blanks may be secured from the deans of the colleges, or from the secretary of the examining board. The nature and terms of

the services are as follows:

CUMBERLAND ST. HOSPITAL, BROOKLYN.

Six internes appointed annually, service for one year; two entering in June, two in August and two in October. All branches of medicine and surgery, exclusive of acute contagious and specific diseases. Large emergency ambulance and dispensary service. Maternity cases number about 225 annually.

METROPOLITAN HOSPITAL.

Largest general hospital in the United States. Nineteen annual appointments; twelve entering on June 15th and seven on December 15th. Eighteen months' service. Seven divisions: Male surgical, female, surgical, medical, genito-urinary and nervous, eye and ear, nose and throat, and obstetrical. Two tubercular services salaried. New perfectly equipped pathological building, with abundance of material. New detached staff house. Emergency ambulance service.

FLOWER HOSPITAL.

Nine internes appointed annually, two of whom must have had one year's hospital experience. Service begins July 1st for one year. Six ambulances; twenty to sixty calls daily. Internal medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, surgery, and the various specialties. Clinical instruction by the college faculty.

J. PERRY SEWARD, M. D.,
Sec'y Joint Examination Committee,

200 West 70th St.,

New York City.

PAYMENTS IN THE HAHNEMANN LIVING ALUMNI ENDOWMENT FUND.

The report below has been handed to us by Dr. Melendy, the treasurer of the fund. It shows how well the plan is working.

Some have elected to pay their subscription in four annual installments, instead of two, and that explains some apparent inequalities in

the remittances.

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