Imatges de pàgina

La., " On the Mutual Relations of Yellow and Bitioua Remittent Fever."

3. Dr R S. Holmes, of St. Louis, Mo., "On Epidemic Erysipelas."

4. Dr. Geo. B. Wood, of Philadelphia. Penn., " On Diseases of Parasitic Origin."

5. Dr. R. D. Arnold, of Savannah, Ga., "On the Physiological Peculiarities and Diseases of Negroes."

6. Dr. James R. Wood, of New York, "On Statistics of the Operation for the removal of Stone in the Bladder."

7. Dr. F. Peyre Porcher, of Charleston, S. C., " On the Toxicological and Medicinal Properties of our Cryptogamic Plants."

8. Dr. Goodrich A. Wilson, of Virginia, "On Cholera and its Relation to Congestive Fever—their Analogy or Identity.''

9. Dr. Worthington Hooker, of Connecticut, " On Epidemics of New England and New York."

10. Dr. John L. Atlee, of Lancaster, Penn., "On Epidemics of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland.''

11. Dr. D. J. Cain, of Charleston, S. C., "On Epidemics of South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama."

12. Dr W. L. Sutton, of Georgetown, Ky., "On Epidemics of Tennessee and Kentucky.''

13. Dr. Thomas Reyburn, of St. Louis. Mo., " On Epidemics of Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin."

14. Dr. George Mendenhall, of Cincinnati, Ohio, " On Epidemics of Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan."

15. Dr. E. D. Fenner, of New Orleans, La., "On Epidemics of Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas."

16. Dr. Chas. A. Lee, of New York, "On Domestic Hygiene."

17. Dr. Daniel Brainard, of Chicago, Ill., "On the Constitutional and Local Treatment of Carcinoma."

18. Dr. N. S. Davis, of Chicago, HI., "On the Influence of Local Circumstances on the Origin and Prevalence of Typhoid Fever."

19. Dr. Geo. Engelman, of St. Louis, Mo., "On the Influence of Geological Formation on the Character of Disease."

20. Dr. Henry M. Bullitt, of Louisville, Ky., " On the Use and Effect of Applications of Nitrate of Silver to the Throat, either in Local or General Disease.''

21. Dr. Robert F. Camphell, of Augusta,

Ga., "On the Pathogenic Influence of Feather Beds."

22. Dr. James Bolton, of Richmond, Va., "On the Administration of Anresthetic Agents during Parturition.''

23. Dr. Henry Taylor, of Mount Clemens, Mich., " On Dysentery."

24. Dr. F. Donaldson, of Baltimore, Md., "On the Present and Prospective Value of the Microscope in Disease."

25. Dr. R. L. Howard, of Columbus, Ohio, " On the Pathology and Treatment of Scrofula."

Committee on Plans of Organization for State and County Societies.—Isasc Hays, M. D., of Pennsylvania, Chairman, Worthington Hooker, M. D., of Connecticut; Josiah Andrews, M. D., of Michigan; B. R. Wellford, M. D., of Virginia; A. L. Peirson, M. D., of Massachusetts.

Committee on Medical Literature.—T. S. Bell, M. D., of Kentucky, Chairman; Samuel H. Fennington, M. D., of New Jersey; Ed. H. Parker, M. D., of New Hampshire; William K. Bowling, M. D., of Tennessee; Zina Pitcher, M. D., of Michigan.

Committee on Medical Education.—B. R. Wellford, M. D., of Virginia, Chairman, Resign Lowe, M. D., of Iowa; Lyndon A. Smith, M. D., of New Jersey; Jacob Bigelow, M. D., of Massachusetts; L. A. Dugas, M. D., of Georgia.

Committee on Volunteer Communications. —Drs. C. A. Pope, Thos. Reyburn, John S. Moore, J. B. Johnson, and A. Litton, of St. Louis, Mo.

Committee of Arrangements.—Drs. J. R. Washington, J. S. Moore, S. Pollok, Thoa. Reyburn, J. O'Farrar, W. M. McPheetera, C. W. Hempstead, and E. S. Lemoine, of St. Louis, Mo.

Committee on Publications.—Dr. D. F. Condie, Pennsylvania, Chairman; Dr. E. L. Beadle, of New York; Dr. E. S. Lemoine, of Missouri; Dr. I. Hays, Pennsylvania; Dr. A. Stille, Pennsylvania; Dr. G. Emerson, Pennsylvania; Dr. G. W. Norris, Pennsylvania.

The report was accepted, and the nominations adopted.

On motion of Dr. Watson, of New York, the name of the Committee on Volunteer Communications was changed to that of Committee on Prize Essays.

Dr. Wellford resigned his place as Chairman of Committee on Medical Education, and the President was authorized to fill the vacancy.

The vacancy was subsequently filled by the appointment of Dr. J. L. Cabell, of the University of Virginia.

On motion of Dr. Atlee, the subject of proposed amendments to the Constitution was taken up, and the original articles, with proposed amendments, read by the Secretary.

Dr. A. H. Stevens, of New York, moved an indefinite postponement nf the whole subject of amendments to the Constitution, j

Dr. Atkinson, of Virginia, moved to; amend the motion so as to except from postponement the amendment proposing toj admit delegates from the United States; Army and United States Navy.

After some discussion by Drs. Coolidge, of U. S. Army, Bolton and Atkinson, of j Virginia, Coventry and Stewart, of Newj York, the amendment of Dr. Atkinson was j adopted. The original motion as amended i was then adopted. The section contained j in article second, section nine, of the proposed amendments was then adopted; which is as follows :— j

Delegates representing the medical staffs of the United States army and navy shall be appointed by the chiefs of the army and navy medical bureaux. The number ol delegates so appointed shall be four from the army medical officers, and an equal number from the navy medical officers.

Dr. Bolton, of Virginia, gave notice that at the next meeting of the Association, at St. Louis, he would propose the adoption of the amendments to the Constitution submitted to tliis Association by the meeting at Richmond last year, and which have been here indefinitely postponed.

Dr. Condie proposed the following resolution, which was adopted :—

Resolved, That the second clause of Article 2 of the Constitution be so amended as to admit the American Medical Society in Paris to representation in this body, upon the same terms as the medical bodies in ibis country.

Dr. Alfred Stillc, of Pa., Chairman of the Committee to whom was referred sundty memorials touching the course to be pursued by Medical Colleges and other Boards in the examination of candidates and the granting of Diplomas, reported, submitting the following rtsolutions for adoption:—

Resolved, 1st. That in order to preserve

the purity and honour of the Medical Profession, and to place around young practitioners additional safeguards agatnst temptations to do wrong, as well as to draw a more distinct line of separation between true and false physicians, it be, and is hereby recommended, that every graduate in medicine be required to subscribe s pledge to submit to the revocation of his diploma upon conviction of having knowingly violated the Code of Ethics of this Association. 2d. It is also recommended to the several Medical Colleges, and such oilier Boards as are by law authorized to examine candidates for admission into the Medical Profession, to require from every graduate or licentiate his signature to the Code of Ethics of this Association, and to furnish him with a copy of the same. 3d. It is farther recommended that the formal administration of a pledge, faithfully to observe and keep the said Code, form part of the public exercises of Medical Commencements.

Dr. Palmer, of Chicago, and other delegates opposed that part of the report proposing to clothe Colleges with the power of revoking Diplomas for a breach of the "Code of Ethics."

Several motions were made, and, after some discussion, the Chairman decided on the right of the Committee to withdraw the first resolution, to which objections were made, when I he second and third recommendations of the report were adopted.

Dr. Sayre, of New York, moved that the first resolution which had been withdrawn lie taken up, and passed as the sense of the Association. It was taken up. and, on motion, referred to the Committee on the Licensing Power, of which Dr. Wellford is Chairman.

Dr. Parker, of Virginia, moved the following, which was adopted:—

Resolved, That the Standing Committee on the Administration of anaesthetic agents in Parturition be instructed to inquire into all cases of death that may be reported as occurring from the use of anaesthetic agents during the present year in the United States, and report to the next meeting of the Association.

Dr Zeigler, of Pennsylvania, moved the following, which was latd on the table :—

Resolved, That a Committee of three or mere be appointed by the President, to devise or consider some comprehensive plan or system by which subjecis connected more especially with Medical Science can be more speedily, systematically, generally, and thoroughly investigated and examined.

On motion of Dr. Roddey, of Virginia, the resolution of Dr. Zeigler was taken up, and referred to a Committee, consisting of Drs. Zeigler, Roddey, and Jackson, of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Camphell of Georgia, submitted a paper orl a question of priority in reference to the discovery of the reflex relation subsisting between the cerebro-spinal and sympathetic system of nerves.

Referred to Committee on Publication.

Dr. Miltenberger, of Maryland, offered the following resolution, which was seconded by Dr. Atlee, and unanimously adopted:—

Resolved. That the cordial thanks of the American Medical Association be, and they are hereby tendered to the Committee of Arrangements, the profession, and the citizens generally of New York, for the generous and elegant hospitality extended towards its members during its present session.

Dr. W. Hooker, of Connecticut, proposed a vote of thanks to the officers of the public institutions which had been thrown open for members of the Association during their stay.

Dr. Bolton, of Virginia, moved the thanks of the Association to the Press of this City, for its accurate reportsof their proceedings.

Dr. Cox. of Maryland, proposed a vote of thanks to the officers of the Association, for the very ahle manner in which they have discharged their duties.

The members of the Association were then invited to meet on board the steamboat, at foot of Pier No. 3, to-morrow morning at 9 o'clock, and proceed to visit the public institutions belonging to the City of New York.

The President congratulated members on the cloae of t heir deliberations, and expressed his wish that they shonld have a safe return to their homes, and should all meet at St. Louis next year.

The Association then adjourned sine die.



Amerian Medical Association.—In the initial article in this number, we have given

a full account, compiled from official and other reliable sources, of the proceedings of our National Medical Congress during its recent meeting. A considerable portion of the session was occupied in the reading of papers and the reception of reports from committees appointed to investigate subjects of practical and scientific interest. These j were all ordered for publication, and will I constitute a volume of equal interest and j value with any that has preceded it. Com: paratively but little time was devoted to the discussion of legislative matters, and no measures of importance of this character were adopted. Attention was called to certain abuses, and plans for their reform submitted; but it was shown on discussion that it was much easier to point out evils, than to devise effectual means for remedying them, and all the projects of that character were either referred to committees to collect information and report at the next meeting, or were laid on the table for future consideration.

We must not omit to do justice to the liberal arrangements made by our brethen of New York for the reception and entertainment of the members of the Association. Their hospitalities were on the most munificent and extensive scale. The great dinner, given at the Metropolitan Hall, the most magnificent saloon in our country, with its splendidly frescoed dome, its spacious floor covered with tables beautifully decorated and bountifully supplied with every luxury that money could purchase, and its galleries filled with ladies, piesented the most brilliant spectacle we have ever witnessed. Nothing, indeed, was omitted which the most prodigal hospitality and lavish expenditure could supply for the entertainment of the Association, and to do credit to New York hospitality.

j The Norwalk Catastrophe.—The adjournj ment of the late meeting of the Association f was immediately succeeded by an awful j catastrophe, which has left the Association ; to deplore the loss of six of us prominent i and useful members.

j A few days afterwards a meeting of dele

i gates to the late Medical Conveniion, still

i remaining in New York, was held at the \ Bleecker Street Church, for the purpose of j expressing the feelings of the Association on 'the loss of several members of that body by the late railway catastrophe at Norwalk. Dr. j Joseph M. Smith was appointed President of the meeting, and Dr. E. L. Beadle offici-1 ated as Secretary. On motion of Dr. Rockwell, a Committee was appointed to prepare suitable resolutions for the occasion. The; following gentlemen formed the Committee: J, H. Griscom, N- Y; S. Han- , •bury Smith, Ohio; P. Claiborne Gooch, l Va.; L. A. Smith, N. J.; Theodore) Goodloe, Ala.; R. La Roche, Pa.; Johnj Watson, N. Y.

The following preamble and resolutions! were read by J. H. Griscom, M. D. i

Whereas, amid the wide-spread affliction j caused by the recent catastrophe at Norwalk, the members of the American Medical Association, recognizing in this mournful event, the hand of an all-wise Providence, feel nailed upon to express their grief at the sudden removal from life of Abel L. Pierson, M. D., of Salem, Mass.; Alexander! Welch, M. D., of Hartford, Conn.; Josiah Bartlett, M. D., of Stratham, N. H. ;j Samuel Beach, M. D., of Bridgeport, Conn.; James M Smith, M. D., and J. H. Gray, M. D., Springfield, Mass., late members of the Association. And, whereas, it is the earnest desire of the members, still present in the city of N. Y., to record a suitable expression of their feelings upon an occasion equally unprecedented and distressing; therefore,

Resolved, That the members have received with profound sorrow the lamentable intelligence of the loss which the community, as well as the profession, have sustained by the death of so large a number of the American Medical Association.

Resolved. That as a suitable, though inadequate, external mark of their grief at the sudden demise of friends from whom they had so recently parted, the members of the Association in general are recom mended to wear the usual badge of mourning for the space of thirty days.

Resolved, That a Committee of five be appointed to devise some suitable method of commemorating the event and the worth and professional character of our lamented associates, and recommend their plan at the next meeting of the Association.

Resolved, That the members of the Asso- jj ciation deeply sympathize with the relatives of the deceased, and that a copy of these resolutions, duly authenticated, be transmitted to their respective families.

The resolutions were adopted by the meeting, and a Committee was appointed to consider the best method of providing some memorial in commemoration of the terrible disaster. The names of the Committee were Joseph M. Smith, M. D.. F. C. Stewart, M. D., J. W. G. Clements, M. D., W. Rockwell, M. D, Isasc E. Taylor. M. D., E. L. Beadle, M. D., and John Watson, M. D.

The report of this Committee will be delivered at the next meeting of the Medical Association, which will take place next year, in St. Louis.

Pennsylvania State Medical Society.— This Society held its annual meeting, in Philadelphia, on the 25th, 26th, and 27th of May. We shall present in our next number an ahstract of their proceedings.

Review of the Weather/or April, 1P53.— The weather during the month was pleasant and genial, in an unusual degree; no snow fell, and a few slight frosts only occurred; rains were seasonable, and a westerly wind prevailed 21 out of the 30 days. The mean temperature of the month rose to 54 41, which is more than 3 degrees above the average mean temperature of the fourth month in this place, and more than 7 degrees higher than the mean of the same month last year,

No severe storm has swept our coast, and we have heard less of disaster from this cause than is our wont. Grass lands in this vicinity have seldom worn a more cheering aspect, and the wheat fields and orchards in this and adjacent States are said to give fair promise of fruitfulness.

Thunder showers occurred on the afternoon of the 14th, and again on the morning and evening of the 22d. Some rain fell on 14 days, and 16 days are recorded as clear and fair. The whole fall of rain for the month, as measured at the Penn. Hospital, was 3.83 one-hundredth inches.

The range of the thermometer for the month was from 38 on the morning of the 11th, to 79 on the afternoon of the 29th, or 41 degrees; a temperature much more equable than is usually witnessed in the Fourth month,even in our favoured climate.

The whole number of deaths in the five weeks embraced in the month, was 967; which is a little less than the mortality of the corresponding period of last year. Of the above number 279, or about 29 per centum, were from consumption, or diseases of the organs of respiration.

In our tabular remarks it will be seen we have noted seven days as smoky. Several other days partook, but less strikingly, of the same character; the air seemed loaded with a dry haze; the sun was red, and shone faintly when near the horizon, much resembling our " Indian Summer,'' and had also, we suppose, the same cause, viz.: extensive fires in the woods, or the burning of brush in their fields by neighbouring farmers.

The thunder showers of the 14th, already referred to, came up from the N. W., after three days of southerly wind and light rains. The thermometer had gradually risen till 2

P. M. of that day, when it marked 74 degrees. At 3 o'clock the heavens being chiefly covered with that elevated, broken, fair-weather cloud, called cumulus, which was floating over rather quickly from the S. W.,the thundercloud came up from the N. W., and spreading rapidly over the firmament, shut out from view the higher stratum of fair-weather clouds. At 61 P. M.—the thunder cloud having passed over—there was a strong wind from the N. W., and very dark clouds rose in quick succession from that quarter towards the zenith ; while the light fleecy cumuli, above referred to, still moving quickly from the S. W., were seen occupying the zenith and the whole southern part of the heavens. P. S.

Pniladelpnia, iih mo., 5tA, 1853.


FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE. j pregnancy, November5,1852, together with

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