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In his address Gov. Folk said: "The es ion during meetings. The acoustios of the tablishment of this sanitarium marks an im. room are admirable. The lobby, the comportant epoch in the history of Missouri and mittee room and the coat room leave nothis a milestone in the progress of intelligent ing to be desired. warfare against disease. It is now a demon The St. Louis Medical Society began its strated fact that consumption can be cured legal existence in 1837; during all the years by the methods to be used here. It is a duty
It is a duty since until now it has always depended upon the State owes people, to save, if possible, some other organization for a meeting-place, the multitude of victims who are sacrificed and has been for considerable periods, at each year to this malady."
different times, in quarters where, but for the The Governor failed to turn a graceful character of the body, its tenancy would not compliment to the professiyy of the State. have been allowed by those in control. The The institution is a direot result of the initi. scientific achievement of the society has ative of the profession and its concerted ac been such from its beginning as to comtion, and it is a little surprising that he mand the pride of its present membership, failed to mention this fact.
but its business management has never beIt is gratifying to the profession that our fore been aggressive. Some four years ago State has inaugurated in this enterprise a the first steps were taken which have recampaign against tuberculosis; hitherto pri- sulted in the present bappy condition; revate ventures alone have offered to the vio- organization, an interest in increased memtims of this dread disease a retreat where bership and consequent growth, the developthey may have the open air treatment under ment of an esprit de corps which is both scientific supervision. The work of the in. scientific and social, and has the business institution will necessarily be confined to inci. terest of the body for its foundation, have all pient cases, but with the growth of apprecia- been fruits of this season. The society has tion of its work on the part of the public nearly doubled its membersbip within this there will doubtless be other like hospitals period, and this will continue until eligible provided for more advanced cases.
material is exbausted. With an attractive home, with a growing spirit of friendliness,
and with such interesting programs as we The long desired and much needed domicile have bad for months past the society must of the St. Louis Medical Society was dedica
grow. We owe much to those who have had ted at the meeting of their shoulders at the wheel for years past, The St. Louis that body on September and who have constantly had the welfare of Medical Society 15th, and the fact marks
the society at heart, we also owe much to the of Missouri. the beginning of a new new blood which has lately come to us and
era for the society. A bas infused new life into our scientific proreport of the dedication will be found in
grams and into the councils of the body. another column. The building adjoins that The future of our society is in safe and of the Medical Library, on the East; it is at conservative hands, and the outlook is happy present a one-story struoture; it is constructed indeed. with walls of a strength to allow for a second story should there later be need. The audi
CARDIAC DISEASES IN DOCTORS.–Official torium is nearly square with a rostrum for
statistics show (Amer. Med.) that 44 per cent officers and speakers on the middle north side,
of Austrian physicians die of heart disease. the seating begins with a first row about ten feet from the rostrum, and each row some six THE NEW WOMAN IN SWEDEN.-The girls inches bigher than the one in front. Two of Sweden within the past generation bave hundred and forty-five opera chairs are in entered fully into the movement for opening place for regular use, aud there is a wealth
new careers to women, and if one of them deof vacant space, wide aisles and open floor at cides to prepare for a profession, to take up the back of the room and on the right and Jiterature or art, or to devote herself to some left of the rostrum, making an emergenoy ca form of study or researob, no one is surpacity of double the normal. The decoration prised. Last year there were in Sweden three is bandsome, thougb simple, the walls are women doctors of philosophy and nine docfinished in pressed and enameled brick, and tors of medicine ongaged in the practice of the ceiling is paneled in dark oak. The their professions. There was also a lady lighting is incandescent electric and the chan. doctor of laws, who has been appointed to a deliers are very great additions to the attract. lectureship at the University of Upsala. iveness of the room. From the lobby to the Madame Sonia Kovalesky, the famous woman secretary's desk telephone communication mathematician, was the first woman appointed has been installed, which will lessen confus. in Sweden to a university professorship.
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in this another which will rank with the most
Books, Reprints, and Instruments for this department, should be sent to the Managing Editor, Century Building. St. Louis.
PROGRESSIVE MEDICINE. Edited by Drs. Hobart A Hare and H. M. R. Landis. Volume II, June, 1906. Issued quarterly. Octavo, 368 pages. Philadelphia and New York: Lea Brothers & Co. (Price, paper, $6.00 per year; cloth, 89.00)
Pediatrics is a recent science. We can all remember when it was the common opinion that anyone could treat the baby, the new graduate felt that for this at least he was per
fectly competent; but recent years bave The contributors to the present volume of
brougbt about changes and we now recognize Progressive Medicine are Dr. Wm. B. Coley, the fact that the most profound learning. who gives a very satisfactory resume of recent maturity of experience keenest diagnosti literature on hernia, together with much that
acumen and well developed therapeutic wisis original, including splendid descriptions of
dom are the right of those who are infants. operative technique for femoral hernia, un
This volume deals in a masterly manner descended testes and for the radioal treat.
with the various ills to whicb infants are sub. ment of hernia in children; Dr. Edward M.
ject, dealing at length with each subject, and Foote considers Surgery of the Abdomen, ex.
Dex very completely covering the most recent clusive of Hernia. The peritoneum and its
advances of knowledge in each section. The drainage, tuberoulosis of the mesenteric
contributors to the volume are the foremost glands, gastrio hemorrhage and ulcer, vari.
of America pediatrists, and it is a satisfaction ous injuries and disorders of the intestinal
to us in St. Louis to see among these one of tract, the appendix and the liver and biliary
our own number, Dr. Geo. M. Tuttle, who passages are considered in the light of the
considers the Diseases of Nutrition, rachitis, latest researches and make the section one of
scorbutus and marasmus. The chapter is a the most valuable. Gynecology is presented
strong one. by Dr. Jno. G. Clark, who considers in an exbaustive way: Carcinoma of the uterus, the accentuation of hygiene and preventive meas.
Throughout the work there is a very proper myometrium, the uterine muscle during cu- ures
18. u ures, the feeding question occupies 86 pages, rettage, retrodisplacement, pelvic varicosities
and as presented by Dr. Thos. S. Southwortt in women, gonorrhea, etc.
is a classic. Equally important and equally Dr. Alfred Stengel considers the blood in
excellent is the division of the work devoted the various anemias and in other pathologic
to diseases of the alimentary tract, by Dr. conditions, diabetes, gout, hemopbilia, Hodg. David Bovaird. Jr. kin's disease, exopbtbalmic goitre, etc. This volume is one of the series announced Under the heading "Ophthalmology,” Dr.
by Lea Brothers, which purposes a compreEdward Jackson considers a considerable
hensive view of the major divisions of medi. range of the subject, bis contributions being
being cine outside of General Medicine, to wit, briefer but not less important and instructive
ructive Gynecology, Obstetrics and Pediatrics. The than those earlier in the volume.
series should be in every medical library. . The contributors to the volume other than the above are: Dr. Wm. T. Belfield, Jos. C. Bloodgood, J. R. Bradford, Floyd M. Cran. New Books. -- Messis. W. B. Saunders dall, Wm. Ewart (London), Edward M. Foote,
Company announce for publication in the Chas. H. Frazier, Wm. S. Gottheil, D. B. early fall the following works: Keen's Sur. Kyle, H. R. M. Landis, Richard C. Norris,
gery, Its Principles and Practice (Volume I); Robt. B. Preble, B. A. Randall, W. G. Sobutta and McMurrich's Human Anatomy Spiller and J. D. Steele.
(Volume III); Webster's Textbook of Gyne. cology; Hill's Histology and Organography; MoConnell's Pathology; Morrow's Immediate Care of the Injured; Stevenson's Pho
toscopy (Retinoscopy and Skiascopy); Preisand Children's Hospital, New York. In one very handsome
werk and Warren's Atlas of Dentistry;
Goepp's State Board Questions and Answers; and New York: Lea Brothers & Co., 1906. (Cloth, $6.00 net; leather, $7.00 net; half morocco, $3.00 net.)
Lusk's Elements of Nutrition. The most This volume is unqestionably one of the important announcement is the new work on most important additions to medical litera. surgery, edited by Dr. W. W. Keen, complete ture which has appeared this year. Consid. in five octavo volumes, and containing over ering the importance of the branch, pediatrics 1500 original illustrations. The entire work bas been relatively neglected by writers; is written by the leaders of modern surgery many divisions of our art which are of infin- -men whose names are inseparably associated itely less importance are far richer in their with the subjects upon which they have literature. Nevertheless we have excellent written Keen's Surgery is intended to repworks on the subject, and we are glad to have resent the best surgical practice of today.
THE PRACTITIONERS' LIBRARY-CARR'S PEDIATRICS. The Practice of Pediatrics by Eminent Authorities. Edited by Walter Lester Carr, M.D., Consulting Physician to the French Hospital ; Visiting Physician to the Infants'
octavo volume of 1,014 pages, with 99 engravings and 32 full-page plates in colors and monochrome. Philadelphia
DEDICATION OF THE ST. LOUIS MEDICAL found claims amounting to several hundred SOCIETY'S AUDITORIUM.*
dollars, and almost nothing in the treasury
with whioh to meet this indebtedness. On Saturday, September 15, 1906, at 8:30
But gradually by prudence, thrift and good p. m., the new Medical Auditorium of the management better business methods were St. Louis Medical Society was opened with introduced; and, after eight years of such appropriate ceremonies. The Auditorium is faithful service, when he was called to the located on a piece of ground adjoining the presidency a very comfortable bank account St. Louis Medical Library building, 35th had been accumulated to the credit of the so. and Pine streets. It is built in ampbithea ciety, and from this nest-egg has sprung the ter form, with about 400 opera chairs and edifice in which we are now assembled. room for many more seats for special occa. The funds thus made available for invest. sions. It has a handsome beamed ceiling ment in this property have been supplemented and dependent cbain chandeliers. The walls
by contributions secured cbiefly from the are polished brick.
membership, and while the individual reThe hall was well filled when the meeting
sponse to this appeal has been liberal as a was called to order by the President of the rule, all things considered, still the names of society, Dr. George Homan. The President very many of our members have not as vet made an introductory speech.
appeared in the list of givers to this cause, REMARKS BY GEO. HOMAN, M. D.
but tbe hope is confidently indulged that
such oversights and omissions will promptly The St. Louis Medical Society; Our Distin. be repaired when the situation is better unguished Guests, Friends and Members:
The particulars with respect to
The particulars with Three scure and ten years ago, lacking a the maturing of this project, the preparation few months, this society was ordained, con of plans, and the prosecution of the work of stituted and declared a body corporate and construction; the canvas made for funds to politic by an act of the General Assembly of
carry it to completion; the furnishing and Missouri, the expressed purpose of such leg equipment and the future cost of operating islation being the improvement of medical the building for our uses, will all be duly preliterature and science, and to give dignity, sented to you by the chairmen of the several permanency and usefulness to this body.
committees concerned. Measured by the Soriptural standard this
There are present here tonight some who society has survived the full span allotted to
have come down from a former professional individual human life, has reached patri.
generation, and who have personal knowlcbal years, but until the present hour, so far edge of the vicissitudes and embarrassments as the record shows, this corporate body has that beset and confronted the organized pronever bad a roof above it that could be called fession here in earlier years, progress being its own; it has possessed no domicile, no hindered perhaps by bickerings or felligerency fixed abiding place, and the exercises ur- often due to mere misunderstanding or imranged for this evening are in celebration of
perfect acquaintance, and leading to ocourthe fact that finally this reproach has been
rences that were regrettable and sometimes put away; we meet to exchange felicitations even injurious to the advancement of scienthat at last a modest foothold on the earth titio work and the promotion of lasting bar. has been secured, a point of vantage attained mony among brethren. from which we can with confidence press for Happily for us of today a more pacific ward to better things.
spirit seems now to be in the air, a dispoFor it can hardly be doubted with the sition to cultivate peace that extends even wondrous outreachings of science and the to nations which are rivals and competitors zeal of workers in its many lines that this in many fields, and if this spirit can be spirit will be reflected here, and our member- brougbt sensibly to bear in the sharp oonship will be so multiplied and attendance so
tentions of races and governments, there is increased that these walls, welcome and suffi. small excuse for a different manifestation cient as they now are, will soon be found too among those so advanced in humane civili. narrow and a more spacious temple will bave zation as the medical profession is univer. to be provided to meet the growing pressure sally conceded to be. of scientifio and professional demands.
In illustration of feelings that are someThat the present happy achievement was times permitted to influence the actions of men made possible may it is believed, without in- it may be permissible here to repeat the oftvidious reflection, be traced to the wisdom of told story of one of the earlier English wits, the society in 1895 in the seleotion of its for the reason that its moral has an everytreasurer who upon his induction into office day and never-failing fitness of application. *Reported by Dr. Grad wohl, St. Louis.
Briefly, then, this noted man of letters and
wit was walking with a friend in London tion of this society occurred on December 25, when he paused and pointing to a person 1835, when a meetiny was held in the old across the street, said, with emphasis, “I Masonic Hall in this city. Dr. Wm. Carr Lane hate that man!" In some surprise the friend was once president of the society. Dr. Lane asked who the person was, and why he was was elected eight times mayor of the city of hated. The answer was, “I don't know him, St. Louis, only refusing the office again beand that is why I hate bim !"
cause of stress of professional labor. The As the climate of feeling and opinion gen- speaker called attention to the greatness of erally appears to have become more moderate, Dr. Lade from a medical as well as from a this occasion presents a most fitting oppor. civic standpoint, and said that he hoped that tunity to express the sincere hope that no at some future time the physicians would wrongful or unkind contention between mem. suoceed in having a monument erected to him bers may ever be brought across the threshold in City Hall Square. At the meeting above of this building; that the supreme, the con- alluded to, the society was formed and organ. trolling obligation of thorough, honest, un- ized. At a meeting on January 2, 1836, the flagging scientific work shall never be lost constitution was adopted. The officers for sight of within these walls; that the doors 1836 were: Dr. J. C. Farrar, president; Dr. shall never be closed to the truth, howsoever Lane, vice-president; Dr. B. B. Brown, re. unwelcome it may appear at the time or by cording secretary, and Dr. Y. B. Bouting, whom presented; that this rooftree shall be treasurer. On January 15, 1836, the by-laws broad enough to afford hospitality and wel. were drafted and adopted. The first paper come to every honest thinker who believes read before the society in regular session asthat he has a new message to deliver for the sembled was, “Does Epidemic Contagious betterment of his fellowmen-in short, tbat Puerperal Fever Exist in St. Louis?” here is a temple dedicated to truth, science, Dr. Farrar was the first American physi. progress; consecrated to peace, concord, uni. cian in St. Louis. The other physicians ty, good will, so that the generations yet to were French. On September 24, 1836, the St. come may be the better for our lives and Louis Medical Society appointed a committee labors, and gratefully say, They are justified to confer with the faculty of the St. Louis in their works, they builded even better than University, relative to the establishment of a they krew!
medical school in this city.
Later in the same year, the society took up The program included the report of the the matter of disciplining some members who chairman of the Committee on Arrange- were advertising in the daily papers. ments, Dr. John C. Morfit. Dr. A. R. Kief. Tbe society also took up the matter of fer, chairman of the Building Committee, re- keeping a record of births and deaths which ported upon the cost of the building, stating forms the basis of the present-day mortality that there was a debt of about $2,000 to be records of the Health Department. cleared. He said that the building of the Dr. Barnett at this time offered a resolu
Auditoriuin would stimulate interest in the tion governing the sale of milk, which is the · society work,
first attempt at pure food legislation here. Dr. LeGrand Atwood, one of the oldest A committee took up the matter of prevent. living members of the society, made an ad. ing the spread of contagious diseases. dress upon “The St. Louis Medical Society In 1850 the society adopted the code of in Its Earlier Years." He said among other ethics of the American Medioal Association. things that his acgaintance with this society In 1877 the society adopted a resolution that dates back to 1846, when he first attended its only medical men could be appointed health meetings. The first discussion he had heard commissioners of the oity. In 1887, Dr. Meupon the floor of the society was one between Pheeters introduced a resolution calling for Drs. Wm. Johnston, Hammond and Mc- the creation of a real estate and building Pheeters. Notwithstanding the great changes committee, for the purpose of securing a perthat have taken place in the science of med. manent home for the society. The project icipe since that, it remains to be said that was dropped on account of inability to secure the early members of this society were not money enough to buy the property. Had the fools by any means. They were as faithful society bought the property on 16th and Lo. to the requirements of the profession as we cust streets, which was at that time very have been. He said that he wished the duty cheap, and beld it, the gain would have been of speaking upon this subject had fallen to several hundred thousand dollars, as this abler shoulders. He said that be presumed piece of property sold for that sum a short the honor had fallen to bim because of his time ago. extreme age. (Laughter.)
Dr. R. M. Funkhouser, chairman of the He said that the first attempt at organiza. Finance Committee, reported briefly tha
there was a small balance of the money sub- stimulated by the American Medical Assoscribed by the members remaining unpaid, ciation. He said that this society will bebut that several thousand dollars had been come the society of the young men before borrowed from the bank to complete the him. The young men must perpetuate it. building of the Auditoriups. He stated that Unless the young men prove faithful and he was ready to receive new subscriptions to true, the structure will be like a house of cover this loan. He was followed on the floor cards. The finest road to success is the by Dr. Pinckney French, chairman of tbe road of peace. Committee on Business Affairs, who received the key of the building from the president, and then furthwith addressed the members on the need of paying off the loan spoken of by
RAPID SCHOOL INSPECTION.-In accord. Dr. Funkbouser. Dr. French proved that
ance with a law passed by the Masachusetts his reputation as a financier was well
Legislature, all the school cbildren in the grounded by addressing tbe members present,
State will be regularly examined by physi. and in a short time succeeding in obtaining
cians appointed by the local health board. practically all the needed money, he leading
In Fall River, with a school population of off with a generous subscription, followed by
21,000, twelve inspectors have been appointed, Drs. Outten, Homan and others.
and they will be required, it is stated, to com. Dr. W. B. Outten gave an address on the plete the prelimipary inspection of the public "Medical Profession of St. Louis of Today," and parochial schools during the three school He ascribed the difficulties in the past in the days of the first week of the fall term. way of unification of the city's profession to
DIAGNOSIS OF GALLSTONES. — Gallstonə the Civil War and its political effect there.
cases almost give a precedent history of re. after. He said that up to 1864, the profession
bellious dyspepsia. In a patient presenting was powerful, influential and united in its
dyspeptic symptons, not clearly due to some work in St. Louis, tbat St. Luuis was a great
other condition, the suspicion of the presence medical center, but that from 1864 to 1895,
of gallstones should, therefore, be early en. elements, adverse to the St. Louis medical
tertained. The presence of a tumor in the profession took deep root and hampered the
region of the gall bladder is by no means work. He said that in spite of the great ad.
necessary to the diagnosis of cholelithiasis. versity and strife in the ranks of the profess
The bladder may be filled with stones, and ion, the St. Louis Medical College lived on.
yet sbrunken instead of distended. In the He rendered a tribute to this college for its
presence of an obstructive jaundice, at any unflinching spirit in times of adversity. For rate Courvoisier has pointed out th the future he predioted great things of the St.
tion of the gall bladder is far more often duo Louis Medical Society and the profession of
to malignant growth or to pressure upon the this city. He opined that the city would
common duot than to gallstones.-Internat. rise to grea' beights commercially in view of
Jour. Surg. its central situation in the United States, and he predicted in a brilliant flight of oratory CANADA ASSOCIATION MEETING.–The thir. the commensurate professional progress. ty-ninth annual meeting of the Canadian
Dr. W. G. Mcore finished the program Medical Association, held in Toronto August with an address upon the “Future of the 20, was only an executive session, owing to Medical Profession of St. Louis.” He said the meeting of tbe British Medical Associathat he found his text for his address in the tion. The attendance was about 75, and the brilliant illumination proceeding from this chief item of business was the reception of building as he entered it this evening: Let the report of the committee on reorganiza. your light so sbine that others seeing your tion, which was presented by the chairman, good work will follow after you.
Mr. I. 8. Cameron. The report took the He called attention to the discord and lack form of a proposed new constitution and byof harmony in the profession in the past, and laws patterned somewhat after the constitu. made a strong plea for peace and good will tions of the American Medical Association for the future. He called attention to the and the British Medical Association. After altruistic work of the men who have attended some discussion it was decided that the subregularly the meetings of the city and state ject should be thorougbly dealt with next societies; men who have gone by circuitous year. Montreal was selected as the place of roads of travel to state meetings, neglecting meeting in 1907. Dr. A. McPbedran, Totheir business, purely for the purpose of ronto, was re-elected president; Dr. H. B. maintaining an organization. He spoke of Small, Ottawa, was re-elected treasurer, and the great work of organization of local and Dr. George Elliott, Toronto, was re-elected county society, work which has been so well general secretary.