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REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF PUBLICATION.
The Committee of Publication, in presenting their annual report, would briefly state that they have made as judicious an expenditure as possible during the past year in the issue of the volume of Transactions, by a continued observance of the rates agreed upon by the Association at a late meeting. They have endeavored to procure the publication of the volume at an early date after the annual meeting, but have to report the usual difficulties in acomplishing this result, through the detention of manuscripts and proofs by the writers of papers authorized to appear in the annual volume. They did not feel justified in printing at this time an index, prepared by the Permanent Secretary, to all the hitherto published volumes of Transactions, a work intrusted to them by the Association at its last meeting, on account of the cost of such index, the estimate for which alone aggregated about eight or nine hundred dollars. The Committee of Publication believe, at any rate, that such an index would be more appropriately published hereafter, at a time when not only the amount in the treasury would be more favorable for the purpose, but when it may also be finally decided by the Association whether another volume of Transactions shall be published as usual, or the form of publication be changed at once to a journal. In the former event, the index would include another volume of Transactions; to complete the series in the latter, its appearance would be quite as well timed as if published a few months earlier. All of which is respectfully submitted.
REPORT OF THE TREASURER.
The Treasurer has the honor to report a balance in the treasury, at this date, of $1,141.38. In the statistics furnished by him last year to the committee on the President's address, which was really a report on journalizing the transactions of the Association, the fluctuations of membership were distinctly exhibited. These figures published in the last volume of Transactions may be considered as still further verified by the experience of the past year. The question to which the Treasurer is compelled to reply, more frequently than any other, in the course of a voluminous correspondence with members of the Association, is—“Why do you write to me as a permanent member?” or “When was I elected a permanent member?” He would therefore state, for the information of all those present at the meeting at St. Paul, that every one who attends at that place, as a delegate from a medical society, will thenceforth become, from the very fact of such attendance, a permanent member of the American Medical Association, who should, annually, pay five dollars to the Treasurer as his dues to that body, according to the rules of the Association expressly stated and printed in each annual volume of Transactions. As copies of the annual Transactions for previous years may still be obtained, it is suggested that those who have neglected to pay their dues at any time previous to the present year will communicate with the treasurer, who will cheerfully respond to all inquiries, and inform them as to the volumes which are still in print, and procurable from him.
RICHARD J. DUNGLISON,
Dr. Richard J. Dunglison, Treasurer, in account with the American
DR. 1881. May 10. To cash balance,
$2,008 46 16.
from members and delegates at Richmond
1,874 00 1882. from Permanent Members to date
$200 00 18.
Dr. F. D. Cunningham, Chairman
Committee of Arrangements, Rich-
226 60 19.
Dr. W. B. Atkinson, Permanent Sec
retary, as per order of the Asso-
1,000 00 28.
Dr. S. M. Burnett, Section of Oph-
4 90 Sept. 18.
postage, expressage, etc., 1880-81 Oct. 15.
F. Leypoldt, for guarantee fund of
Index Medicus, as per Resolution,
Dr. Wm. Lee, Section on Diseases
3 00 IS.
for services as clerk,
T. K. Collins, printing Transactions, 2,104 41 27.
advanced in delivery of volumes,
postage, expressage, stationery, etc., May 1.
Dr. N. S. Davis, Committee on
Meteorology, etc. (on account), as
209 72 H. C. Lea's Son & Co.,
17 04 29.
Dr. W. B. Atkinson, Permanent Sec-
92 30 29. By balance,
$5,312 46 Audited and found correct,
REPORT OF THE LIBRARIAN.
LIBRARY OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. MR. PRESIDENT:
I have the honor to present the accompanying catalogue of additions made to this library by donations, exchange and purchase during the past year. A reference to its pages will show that since my last report there have been added 167 distinct titles, exclusive of yearly volumes of transactions of societies, reports of hospitals, boards of health, and volumes of medical journals, where these have been previously catalogued as such. This addition makes the library to consist, at present, of 1702 distinct titles, which comprehend, from a general estimate, about 4448 volumes, inclusive of pamphlets.
The Boston Medical Library Association has generously placed a large number of its duplicate periodicals at the disposal of this library, which have gone far toward completing certain imperfect sets of the same, and thus materially assisted in its growth, due credit for which will be found to be given in the catalogue. Otherwise, with the exception of a few monographs, donated by their authors, the library has been left entirely to its own resources to obtain periodicals by exchange and purchase.
I have only to recommend, in conclusion, that the home and foreign exchanges be continued; that two hundred dollars be placed at the disposal of the librarian to be expended as heretofore for the special purpose of binding and purchase of periodicals, proceedings, and transactions, which are to assist in the completion of sets; and that fifty dollars be again subscribed to the Index Medicus under the same conditions as last year. This important and valuable periodical seems now to be established upon a more permanent, and firmer basis, but this offer of pecuniary aid on the part of the Association is simply an appreciation of its merits and a desire to ensure its success. Respectfully submitted.
WILLIAM LEE. 2111 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, WASHINGTON, D.C.