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7. "The Parasitic Doctrine of Epidemic Cholera," by Austin Flint, M. D.
8. "Studies in Asiatic Cholera," by C. A. Leale, M. D.
In addition to this excellent series of papers, with the discussions which they called forth, a number of interesting pathological specimens had been presented to the Society. If other associations would show equal activity and do as good work, they would soon be in a position to defy Nihilism in the profession.
The Society then took a recess of ten minutes, during which the Fellows from the several districts met for the selection of members of the Nominating Committee. After the recess, the acting Secretary made the following report:
DR. J. W. S. GOULEY, New York County, Member at Large of the Nominating Committee, appointed by the President.
FIRST DISTRICT.-The Branch Association to meet at Utica, on the second Tuesday in July, 1885.
DR. WILLIAM GILLIS, Franklin County; DR. JOHN P. Sharer, Herkimer County-Members of the Nominating Committee.
DR. H. N. PORTER, Oneida County-Secretary of the Branch Association.
JOHN P. GRAY, Chairman.
SECOND DISTRICT.-The Branch Association to meet at Saratoga Springs, on the fourth Tuesday in June, 1885.
DR. R. C. MCEWEN, Saratoga County; DR. J. C. HANNAN, Rensselaer County-Members of the Nominating Committee.
DR. GEORGE E. McDONALD, Schenectady County-Secretary of the Branch Association.
WILLIAM H. ROBB, Chairman. J. R. REAGLES, Secretary. THIRD DISTRICT.-The Branch Association to meet at Syracuse, on the second Tuesday in June, 1885.
DR. H. O. JEWETT, Cortland County; DR. GEORGE W. EARLL, Onondaga County-Members of the Nominating Committee.
DR. C. W. BROWN, Chemung County-Secretary of the Branch Association.
H. D. DIDAMA, Chairman.
FOURTH DISTRICT.-The Branch Association to meet at Rochester, on the second Tuesday in May, 1885.
Dr. C. C. F. GAY, Erie County; DR. E. M. MOORE, Monroe County-Members of the Nominating Committee.
DR. THOMAS D. STRONG, Chautauqua County-Secretary of the Branch Association.
B. L. HOVEY, Chairman. T. D. STRONG, Secretary. FIFTH DISTRICT.-The Branch Association to meet in Brooklyn, on the third Tuesday in September, 1885.
DR. WHITMAN V. WHITE, New York County; DR. J. G. PORTEUS, Dutchess County-Members of the Nominating Committee.
DR. E. H. SQUIBB, Kings County-Secretary of the Branch Association.
N. C. HUSTED, Chairman.
The following telegram was received, read, and ordered to be entered in the minutes:
Congratulations to the New York State Medical Association from one who is absent in body, but present in spirit.'
CORTLAND, NEW YORK, November 18, 1884.”
The minutes of the meeting were read and adopted, and the Association adjourned to meet at 2 P. M.
The afternoon and evening sessions were devoted to the reading of papers and their discussion.
E. D. FERGUSON, Acting Secretary.
SECOND DAY, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1884.-MORNING SESSION. The Association was called to order at 9.30 A. M., by the President.
The acting Secretary read the minutes of the meetings of the previous day, which were approved.
The acting Secretary also announced the registration of Fellows since the last report.
Dr. J. W. S. GoULEY, of New York County, said, with reference to the division of the Association into sections, that the com
mittee was at present only prepared to report progress; and he recommended that no further consideration of this subject be taken at this meeting of the Association. He would, however, read the report of a scheme which, if deemed expedient, might be taken up for consideration at some future meeting:
Whereas: The number of scientific papers is already great, and is likely to increase in future to the extent of embarrassing the Association and of cutting short discussion, which is so much to be encouraged, it is
Resolved: That hereafter, the greater part of the scientific work of the New York State Medical Association be transacted during the afternoon and evening sessions; and that the Association be divided into five sections, to be known respectively as
SECTION 1. On Medicine. Before this section, shall be discussed questions relating to internal pathology, general and special pathology, and the diagnosis and treatment of the diseases of adults, children, and infants, which come under the management of physicians. Questions in special anatomy and physiology shall also be discussed before this section.
SECTION 2. On Surgery. Before this section, shall be discussed questions relating to external pathology, special surgical pathology, and the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and diseases which come within the province of surgeons. Questions relating to surgical anatomy shall also be discussed before this section.
SECTION 3. On Obstetrics. Before this section, shall be discussed questions relating to child-bed and the affections incident thereto, as well as the diseases peculiar to women.
SECTION 4. On Therapeutics. Before this section, shall be discussed therapeutical questions relating alike to medicine, surgery, and obstetrics, and questions relating to materia medica and toxicology.
SECTION 5. On State Medicine. Before this section, shall be discussed questions relating to epidemics; to isolation of the infected; to water-sheds; to water-supply of cities and towns; to the sewerage and medical police of cities; to the heating, ventilation, and drainage of private dwellings, schools, and public places of resort; to the milk-supply; to food-supply; to artificial beverages; to affections peculiar to artisans; to railway-injuries, etc.
Resolved: That the Chairmen of these five Sections be elected annually, one from each of the five geographical districts as they appear in the Constitution of the Association, on the recommendation of the Nominating Committee; and that these Chairmen be, by virtue of their offices, members of the Committee of Arrangements of the Association.
Resolved: That any vacancy among the Chairmen of the Sections, occurring during the year, shall be filled by appointment by the Council.
Resolved: That the Secretaries of the Sections shall be appointed by the Council, one for each section, and that these Secretaries be, by virtue of their offices, members of the Committee of Arrangements of the Association.
After having read the preceding preamble and resolutions, DR. GOULEY said that it had been proposed to divide the Association at its present session into two sections (a medical and a surgical section), in order that more time might be given to the discussion of the large number of papers which were to be read; but, as such a division would interfere with the programme already prepared, it had finally been decided not to make any change at present. Doubtless, however, the amount of work to be done at the next meeting of the Association would be so great as to necessitate the formation of at least two sections; and he hoped the members would come prepared to freely discuss the question, should it be introduced.
On motion of the acting SECRETARY, the question of the division of the Association into sections was referred to the Council, to be reported upon at the next annual meeting of the Association.
Dr. GOULEY said that, if in order, there was a subject which he wished to bring before the Association. He thought it was desirable that the Fellows of the Association should have a home in New York city. In accordance with the articles of incorporation, the headquarters of Association were in New York city. But, while our headquarters were in this city, we had not yet a home, a place even like the hall in which the meeting was being held, and such a home was needed; a place where the gentlemen from the several districts could come, as members from the provinces belonging to the London clubs could, when visiting London, go to the club houses, and there leave their addresses and receive
their letters, making it their home while staying in the city. He desired that the Fellows of this Association should have a place where they could leave their addresses, read the journals, and write their letters; and where they could be found by members residing in the city, who would try to make their visit always a pleasant one. We should, of course, begin in a more or less humble way, and he proposed that a beginning be made by organizing a library. If we found a library, we should have to provide a place in which to put it; and where the library was, there would be the city-home of the Association. Dr. Gouley then read the following resolutions, which had been reported favorably upon by the Council, and moved their adoption :
1. Resolved: That the Council of the New York State Medical Association recommends the formation of a Library, which shall be called The Library of the New York State Medical Association, and that this Library shall be placed in the City of New York.
2. Resolved: That the Library shall be under the management of the Council, and that the Council be instructed to appoint a committee of three councilors (one of whom shall act as librarian), to be known as the Library Committee.
3. Resolved: That there shall be created a library-fund, to be raised by voluntary contributions; and that this fund shall be under the control of the Council and be placed in the hands of the Treasurer of the Association.
DR. GOULEY, continuing his remarks, said that it might be asked, How are we to form this library? He would reply that there was already a nucleus, as several societies had sent their proceedings to the Secretary; and that, within a few months, we should be able to exchange transactions with a number of other societies, while we now have the promise of forty different journals to place upon our tables, without cost, as soon as a suitable place has been secured. Again, we have the promise of a room for the library, without cost, which can be occupied within four or five months. A fund, which amounts to several hundred dollars, is already on hand, and it is hoped that this fund may be soon increased to several thousand dollars. Voluntary contributions would be divided into two parts: one part going to the maintenance of the library, and the other part to be set apart as a sinking-fund, to be eventually used for the erection of a building.