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The present as well as the first volume of Transactions is the outcome of a desire to give to the medical profession in general a summary of the status of many topics which have claimed especial study both abroad and at home. The aim has been to make the subjects practically valuable, without an assumption of undue dogmatism or an attempt to arbitrarily settle disputed claims. The papers as published reflect, of course, the convictions of the authors, and as such carry with themselves their own influence as well as their individuality. They are the work of a modest, industrious, yet withal authoritative element in the profession, which for divers reasons has been silent and heretofore content to leave no legacy to posterity. A proof has at length been given that the busy practitioner can spare a moiety of his time in the cause of mutual enlightenment, and the zeal for the common good that has been displayed encourages the hope that the present volume will constitute one of a very long series. It is not too much to say that the papers read at the first annual meeting, excellent as they were, have now been paralleled both in interest and in importance.
In order that the time of the reader may be economized, pains have been taken to make the index as full as possible, even to the extent of pointing out mere items of intelligence and bringing them under their proper classification. A ready plan is thus afforded to those who can not consecutively read the papers presented, and in some respects may supply the place of an epitome on the more recent topics of the hour. The names of authorities are also mentioned in the scheme as thus prepared, with their views duly and succinctly credited.
A reference to the obituary page is solicited, as being a simple record of the worth of those whose names will recall many pleasant memories, mingled with the regret that their voices are no longer to be heard in work and counsel. Some of these have been “nipped by an untimely frost,” while others have been garnered, ripe with years and honors. Some have fallen with a mere promise of what they might have been, others have left a fame which has gone beyond our seas. All were averse to ostentatious display, and all deserve the tribute of a tear in secret.
*** The Third Annual Meeting of the Association will be held in New York city, November 16, 17, and 18, 1886.
Address of Welcome and Report of the Committee of Arrangements. Dr. JOAN
Tubercular Consumption.-Is it ever inherited ? Dr. H. D. DIDAMA, of Onon-
Rupture of the Vagina through Douglas's cul-de-sac, at the First Coitus. Dr. R.
and constituting its anatomical characteristic ? Dr. HENRY D. Didama, of
Autopsy Ten Weeks later. Dr. WilLIAM WOTKYNS SEYmour, of Rensse-
The Therapy of the Chlorides.--Antiseptics a Prominent and Important Factor
in their Medicinal Action. Dr. Nelson L. North, of Kings County . 342