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NORTHWESTERN HOMEOPATHIC MEDICAL SOCIETY.

The sixteenth semi-annual meeting of the society was held at Rockford, Oct. 10, with Pres. Dr. C. A. Walker in the chair. While the attendance was not as large as at many of the previous meetings, the interest and enthusiasm exhibited by those present would make up for quite a deficiency in numbers. The program carried out was a very helpful one, for not only general practitioners but specialists as well. The program of the Obstetric Bureau consisted of the papers:

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What Shall We Do With the Lacerated Cervix and Why?" by Dr. G. M. Cushing, Chicago.

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Haps and Mishaps in Obstetrics," by Dr. S. H. Hilliard, Warren,

"Early Determination of Pregnancy," by Dr. A. E. Smith, Freeport, Ill.

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All papers were generally discussed, and many helpful hints and suggestions were brought out in the discussion. Dr. Chas. E. Kahlke, of Chicago, read a paper on "Intra-Cranial Hemorrhage," carefully differentiating the manifestations arising from hemorrhage in the different localities and inter spaces about the brain and its membranes, and the best surgical procedures according to manifestations with the patient. Dr. G. G. Collier, of Chicago, read a paper on "Otitis Media and Its Complications," going into details as to cause, conditions and treatment, as well as what should be done in the first stages of this not unfrequent condition in order to avoid the serious complications that arise. The society regretted exceedingly that Drs. Bacmeister and Ingersol, of Chicago, who had been scheduled for papers in the Materia Medica Bureau, were unable to be there. A general discussion was indulged in on all the papers that were read.

The physicians present at the meeting consisted of Drs. Maas, Walker, Collier, Olson, Haseltine, Hilliard, Urbons, Pattison, Kahlke, Schultz, Atchison, Cushing, Smith, and James.

The papers read at this meeting will be submitted for publication in some future issue of the CLINIQUE.

The next meeting of the N. W. Homeopathic Medical Society will be the regular annual meeting, and will be held at the Nelson House, Rockford, Ill., the second Thursday in April, 1913.

A. E. S.

THE SOUTHERN HOMEOPATHIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.

The twenty-ninth annual session of the Southern Homeopathic Medical Association convened as per program, at Richmond, Va., October 15, and adjourned October 17, to meet in one year at Atlanta, : Georgia. In the address of the president, F. A. Reed, M. D., of Eustis, Florida, he goes on record as saying that "all is well with the Southern."

The invasion of the beautiful city of Richmond by a whole lot of homeopaths was a bit startling, and, to see what was going on under the eaves of two medical colleges, a large number of doctors and citizens, with their wives, attended the public address of Royal S. Copeland, M. D., of New York City. Of course the speaker's relatives had always been democrats, and he also had confidence that the Giants would win the one remaining championship ball game. Each suggestion created a magic bond of friendship. The address of Dean Copeland gave a fine tone to the sessions of the meeting, and all through they were high grade. The attendance was not large, but a dozen new members from Virginia was very encouraging. The place is so delightful that the exclusiveness seems almost like a foreign city, but it is only seeming so, for it does not exist in fact, and the real genuine southern hospitality was most charming, and, to the credit of the local committee, the meeting was fine.

In one of the discussions, Dr. Rushmore, of Plainfield, N. J., started a bit of interest quite unexpectedly. In discussing the paper of Dr. Stout, of Jacksonville, Florida, on "Gelsemium," he said: "I find that by giving my athletic friends and patients who are off their golf games, gelsemium, that I win their everlasting gratitude." Dr. King, of Washington, D. C., took up this thread of discussion, and said that this off game business in golf was often due to eye strain, or lack of correct coordination, or muscular fatigue. There was no other remedy that acted so promptly or so effectively. Quite a goodly number sat up and took notice. Dr. J. P. Cobb was soon after seen to assist Mrs. Cobb into a motor-car, and wished her a pleasant afternoon, while he interviewed his pocket case, adjusted his eye glasses, and took a taxicab for the country club. Quite a number of others followed with the gelsemium idea, and the score cards were all close to bogy. Dr. Custis, of Washington, D. C., said it was the most homey medical meeting. he remembered to have ever attended. Dr. Light Monroe, of Florida, testified that the banquet was elegant. Great credit for the success of

the meeting was given to the secretary, Lee Norman, M. D., of Louisville, Kentucky.

The members simply had to adjourn, for all the papers were read and discussed. No one seemed to want to go home.

E. S. B.

CENTRAL ILLINOIS HOMEOPATHIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.

The association held its thirty-first annual convention in the city hall at Bloomington, Ill., Oct. 15, 1912. This was one of the best attended, most enthusiastic and highly appreciated meetings in the history of the association.

At the forenoon session the general business of the society was transacted, and officers for the ensuing year were elected as follows: Pres., Dr. C. A. Frazee, Springfield, Ill.

Vice-Pres., Dr. J. S. Adsit, Hoopeston, Ill.

Sec. and Treas., Dr. L. P. Rhoads, Lincoln, Ill.
New members were elected as follows:

Dr. Hiram Pintler, Peoria, Ill.
Dr. Howard Pintler, Peoria, Ill.

Dr. W. O. Cattron, Pekin, Ill.
Dr. W. A. Gott, Washington, Ill.
Dr. G. H. Galford, Gibson City, Ill.

Dr. J. W. Parker, Peoria, Ill.

Resolutions of condolence were arranged by a special committee, appointed by the chair, consisting of Dr. W. P. Armstrong, Springfield, Ill.; Dr. G. E. Coggswell, Champaign, Ill., and Dr. E. C. Gaffney, Lincoln, Ill., to draft appropriate resolutions on the death of Dr. C. F. Hough, of Champaign, Ill., which occurred Sept. 9, 1912; also upon the death of the wife of Dr. J. H. Alpers, of Rantoul, Ill.

The society convened at 1:30 for the afternoon session, and Pres. Calvert's annual address was listened to with a great deal of interest. Dr. Calvert's address contained so many well taken and live points that the committee's report recommended that the address be published in the official journal of the State Society. The first scientific paper on the program, "Elevation of the Temperature in the Puerperant," was read by Dr. David Lockie, of Springfield. It was exhaustive, and full of good points. Dr. Gilbert FitzPatrick, in opening the discussion on this paper, enhanced its value many fold by calling specific attention to some of the points hinted at. Dr. FitzPatrick said that chills and fever coming on the first or second day after confinement are signifi

cant of nervous conditions or intestinal trouble.

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third to the fifth day, they are significant of infection along the genital When coming on the sixth to the eighth day, they are significant of trouble in the breasts, while those coming after the eighth day are apt to signify trouble with the urinary apparatus or veins. Any increase in temperature immediately after delivery is usually due to faulty metabolism. Gall stone conditions are frequently met with, and develop a variety of symptoms that are difficult of interpretation. Breast conditions should receive extremely careful attention, as occasionally. mammary abscesses are the cause of septic manifestations that may be overlooked because the breast itself does not seem to be involved. Every obstetrical case is sooner or later a surgical one, and should be looked at surgically as soon as there is any spilling of blood. Fever, developing after confinement without child, may signify intestinal disturbances.

Dr. G. E. Coggswell, in his discussion, called attention to observations in certain cases which indicated that elevation of temperature following confinement was due entirely to mental conditions. In one case the temperature reached 104 degrees. This was due entirely to the fact that the mother was afraid the baby was deformed.

Dr. Honn, in his discussion, said that he believed in hepatic stimulants following confinement, to avoid elevation of temperature. His favorite treatment is to administer calomel and castor oil.

Dr. Smith reported a case in which septic infection followed an induced abortion, and that he believed the life of the patient was saved by curetment and supra-pubic drain, although there was no free pus in the general peritoneal cavity.

Dr. Gaffney, of Lincoln, Ill., read a very interesting paper under the caption, "Medical or Surgical, Which?" citing manifestations in a number of clinical cases in which he was unable to decide for or against surgical procedure. This paper will be submitted for publication in a later issue of the CLINIQUE.

Dr. Calvert, in his discussion of the paper, reported a case with pain always in the epigastric region, but an exploratory incision revealed a pathological appendix undergoing a process of fibrinous degeneration.

Dr. G. E. Coggswell reported a case that assumed radical manifestations of appendicitis, but an exploratory incision revealed the fact that the symptoms were due to contractions of the sigmoid. Dr. Dunham, in his discussion, declared emphatically that in cases assuming symptoms of appendicular trouble it is a good scheme to thoroughly clean out the alimentary canal. He found many people radically op

posed to having their abdomen opened up. He reported an obstetric case with breast complications, in which belladonna and phytolacca disposed of the acute manifestations, while conium 30x disposed of the hard lump that was left in the breast after acute symptoms were relieved.

Dr. H. P. Moulton, of Petersburg, is certainly a busy man. He read a paper on "A Day's Work," in which it was evident that if some of his patients did not die there would be great danger of their killing him off by over-work. The paper was appreciated from its amusing side as well as its serious side. The Doctor is in favor of heroic doses of anti-toxin given early in cases of diphtheria. He advocates ten to twenty thousand units. For immunizing doses he gives five thousand units. Dr. A. C. Tenney, of Chicago, in his discussion of this paper, said there were two dangers from the administration of an insufficient. dose of anti-toxin. The one was that it would not cure the case, and the second was the danger of anaphylaxis. Dr. Tenney thinks highly of hydriodic acid in some form in pneumonia. He agrees with Dr. Moulton, that one cannot be too careful in diagnosis of stomach disHe is not in favor of the administration of tonics irrespective of the pathological conditions present. In cases of catarrhal fever, he thinks well of the use of veratrum viride, but when it comes to the treatment of neurasthenic men he says, "Good Lord deliver us." He does not believe a nervous fever is ever a continuous fever, and under no circumstances does it last over a week. He is heartily in accord with Dr. Moulton in the use of sodium bicarbonate for persistant vomiting. Dr. Honn, in his discussion of one of the cases reported by Dr. Moulton, said that four ounces of bicarbonate of soda, taken in broken doses during two or three hours, had never failed, in his hands, to cure the most persistent cases of nausea and vomiting.

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Dr. Burton Haseltine, of Chicago, in his discussion of case fifteen reported by Dr. Moulton, said an asthmatic condition was invariably due to some form of irritation in the ethmoidal region. Dr. Rhoads, in his discussion of the same case, said that he had found that asthmatic difficulties were almost invariably dependent upon some irritation in the alimentary canal. Dr. Coggswell, in his discussion of the same case, said that he had found that a high rectal injection was very efficient in relieving asthmatic conditions. Dr. Moulton, in closing his paper, said that he lived in a closed rig with a driver.

Dr. Wilford H. Gardner, of Bloomington, gave an interesting paper on, "When is an Hypertrophied Prostate a Medical, and When a Surgical Case?"

As the disputant on his paper was unable to be present,

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