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What Shall the Subject be? who provokes discussion. Any man that can
talk can describe a case, it has been shown When a physician is requested to furnish an
how he may obtain a subject, and he is often article for a medical journal or a paper for his acting selfishly toward his confreres when society his first thought is, "What shall I he declines to do his share of work in society write about?” For the time being every topic meetings, or fails to record the results of his appears to furnish an equally unsatisfactory observations for the benefit of posterity. nucleus about which to gather his ideas. No matter how facile a writer he may be on some
AMONG the physicians present at the Bi-ensubject which has occupied his mind in the nial Convention of the Jewish Theological past, he is at a stand-still and any literary pro
Seminary Association, held last Sunday, in duction forced from him at the time will have New York, were Dr. Cyrus Adler, of Johnsan unnatural and strained style, difficult to Hopkin's University, Drs. S. Movails and S. read, and generally unsatisfactory to all con- Salis Cohen, of Philadelphia, and Drs. A. cerned. This difficulty in selecting a subject Friendenwald and H. W. Schueberger, of may be obviated in several ways. If, as sec
Baltimore.— Times and Register. retary, you wish to obtain the title of the paper in a few moments sit down with your The London Medical Recorder recently cited intended victim and talk to him on these medi- a case which illustrates the validity of the cal topics which lie nearest your own heart or much boomed Pasteurian performance. A describe to him some interesting case in prac- man was bitten in 1887 by a dog which was tice; the chances are ten to one that you will killed, an autopsy held and the animal prohardly finish your first case before your friend nounced to be rabietic. The man had the begins to describe his case or unfold his theory, wounds cauterized with silver nitrate, and which, committed to paper is the article desir- then went to Pasteur's Institute, where he ed. If, however, you yourself are the victim was treated and later discharged as cured. and are bewildered by lack of interest in any Two years later, Dr. Desquin was called to special subjects or by the multitude of interests, see the man, and found he had symptoms of wait a few days, keeping in mind the choice hydrophobia, from which he died two days to be made. If you come across a case you later. Did he die from the dog bite, from fail to comprehend or find yourself forgetting Pasteur's inoculation, or from scare at Dr. certain data, physiological or pathological, jot Desquin's diagnosis? - Medical Standard. down the facts and after due study write out your conclusions as fully as possible. The
Symmetrical Education. chances are that your neighbors have also been puzzled by similar cases, or like you The annual meeting of the American assohave forgotten or never comprehended the ciation for the advancement of physical educasame subject and you help others while you tion was held in Boston the fourth of this help yourself.
month. At the close of the meeting there In the days of many books and more jour- were gymnastic exercises at Mechanic's hall nals it is not easy for one to contribute origi- in which six hundred pupils of both sexes, nal views. As the preacher says, “there is no from various schools and gymnasia in and new thing under the sun. Is there anything around Boston participated. whereof it may be said, see, this is new? It consisted of dumb-bell and club-swinging, hath been already of old time, which was be- Swedish gymnastics with and without apparafore us." But the old idea presented with a tus, hoop and wand exercises, chest weight and new dress is attractive. It is not always the horizontal-bar exercises, tumbling, posturing, one who tells some new thing that instructs pyramids, parallel bar, vaulting horse and us most, but he who makes us think; nor is Roman ladder exercises. The exhibition was it always the one who reads the most finished very entertaining and instructive, showing article who benefits the society but the one how under proper supervision school children
can be developed symmetrically, the physical Dr. VANEMAN of Kansas City, Mo., on besystem keeping pace with the mental. This half of the State Medical society of Missouri, meeting furnished one more opportunity for at the meeting of the Eastern Kansas District the optimist to say "I told you so," and grati- Medical Society, held in Topeka, April 8, 1890, fies all humanity-loving people by the specta- extended a pressing invitation to the physicle of a generation bidding fair to excel their cians of Kansas, to attend the next annual parents in full, rounded, evenly balanced man- meeting of that society, to be held at Excelhood and womanhood. The West is compet- sior Springs, May 6, 7 and 8, 1890. ing with the East in introducing in our schools, physical exercise, lectures, practical work in The Wichita Medical College has terminatlaboratories and museums, in the field and in ed one year of its college life and is very well the cabinet which will result in more manly satisfied with its beginning. Owing to unavoidand womanly graduates, more practical and able delays the session last year begun a valuable members of society than were dream- month too late, but another year the session ed of by the educators of thirty years ago. will begin on time and everything promises
Let the good work go on. The human race success. as a whole is improving in spite of the weakness and degradation so fully shown up in the The body of a child who died of diphtheria daily press, and the reformation is largely due in Chicago, was sent in a sealed casket to to the philanthropic physician.
Zanesville, Ohio, for burial. The parents of
the child opened the coffin and held a public THE Salina physicians are preparing for funeral at which many children were present, microscopical work and a display during the and soon after twenty-seven were taken down State Medical Society meeting. Physicians with the disease, and nineteen have died alhaving microscopes, histological or pathologi- ready. Some one ought to be held responsical specimens are earnestly requested to ble for this reckless, foolish exposure of bring them to the meeting. They will be children to the poison of malignant diphtheproperly cared for by Dr. Crawford, who ria. has charge of the matter.
Dr. W. A. PHILIPS of Salina, one of the COMMITTEE OF ARRANGEMENTS OF THE stockholders of this JOURNAL, attended the STATE MEDICAL SOCIETY.—Dr. G. W. New- annual meeting of the stockholders and was man, of Saiina, is chairman of the local com- elected a director, of whom there are eight, mittee of arrangements. The balance of the and also associate editor for Central Kansas. committee consists of the local physicians of The doctor is one of the leading physicians in Salina, who are members of the Central Dis- Kansas, and our readers may expect to hear trict Medical society.
from him often and profitably.
The American Medical Association meets
DEATH from cocaine is reported by in Nashville, Tenn., May 20, and will continue Simes in Gaz. degli Ospitali, a gramme of a in session four days. The association of med- 20 per cent. solution of cocaine was injected ical editors meets on the 19th. Local societies into the urethra of a man twenty-eight years in affilliation with the State medical society of age preparatory to doing an internal urethroare entitled to one delegate for every ten tomy. Immediately poisoning came on and members or fractional part thereof.
the man died in about twenty minutes.
DR. R. W. HARRIS of Ames, Kas.,
The Kansas City Dental College held its the bright young M. D's. of Northwest Kansas, eighth annual commencement in the Y. M. C. has removed to Albany, Ind. We admire his A. Hall March 12. Sixteen graduates--whole pluck in seeking larger fields, but regret our number enrolled seventy-three. The college loss.
closed a very successful year.
Program of State Medical Society. Twentieth—“Advances of Orthopædic Sur
gery," by J. P. Lewis, M. D., Topeka. First-Address by the president, C.C. Green, sonal solicitation by the secretary and can be
These papers have been promised upon perM. D., Topeka. Second—“The American Academy of depended upon. Others have been written to
but have not had time to answer. There will Medicine," by W. D. Bidwell, M. D., Leaven- be time for volunteer papers, reports of cases, worth.
etc. Railroad rates have been secured, (see Third—“Crime, Its Physiology and Patho- article elsewhere.) Hotel accommodations genesis, and what Medical Men can do for its ample-one hotel can accommodate one hunPrevention,” by R. E. McVey, M. D., Topeka. dred guests. There are several hotels, besides
boarding houses. As before remarked, a Fourth—“Ununited Fractures and their more beautiful section of country has not been Treatment,” by K. F. Purdy, M. D., Wichita. made. Let us all go to Salina May 13 and 14,
C. C. GREEN, Pres. Fifth—“ Dilatation of the Cervical Canal for
J. E. MINNEY, Sec'y.
The annual meeting of the stockholders of
the KANSAS MEDICAL JOURNAL company Seventh-" The Management of Surgical Injuries of the Abdomen,” by A. H. Cordier, was held in the office of the business manager,
Dr. W. E. McVey, 723 Kansas avenue, March M. D., of McPherson.
27, 1890. The following stockholders were Eighth—"Pott's Fracture," by L. J. Lyman, elected directors for the ensuing year : M. D., of Manhattan.
Drs. W. D. Bidwell of Leavenworth, W. A. Ninth—"Recent Advances in Ophthalmolo- Phillips, of Salina, S. G. Stewart, W. S. Lindgy," by D. F. Longenecker, M. D., Emporia. say, M. B. Ward, Theodore W. Peers, D. F.
Tenth—“Report of a case in Surgery with Rodgers and J. E. Minney of Topeka. Remarks,” by J. C. McClintock, M. D., To- Officers of the directors-Dr. Bidwell, presipeka.
dent; Dr. Ward, vice president; Dr. Rodgers, Eleventh-"Climatology in the Treatment secretary; Dr. W. E. McVey, business manaof Phthisis," by J. A. Lane, M. D., Leaven- ger; and Dr. Lindsay, treasurer; and assistant worth.
business manager. Twelfth-"Report on Cerebro-Spinal Menin- Dr. Minney was elected editor-in-chief, and gitis," by C. H. Shriner, M. D., Galena. Drs. Schenck and Stewart, assistant editors.
Thirteenth-"New Remedies,” by John M. Associate editors-Dr. Bidwell for the Scott, M. D., Holton.
Eastern Kansas District Medical society, and Fourteenth—“Suppurative Hepatitis, with the Leavenworth City society. Dr. Phillips for Report of Cases,” by A. B. Peters, M. D., the Central Kansas District and Dr. Sawhill for Mankato.
the Republican Valley Medical societies. Dr. Fifteenth-"Intussusception,” by W. L. Peers for the Topeka Academy of Medicine and Schenck, M. D., Osage City.
Surgery. The editor-in-chief was instructed to Sixteenth-"Treatment of Puerperal Fever" appoint associate editors when he could do so by W. G. Hope, M. D., Lanexa, Kas.
to the advantage of the JOURNAL. Seventeenth-“ Albuminuria and some of The meeting was a pleasant one and the the Results of its Neglects," by C. W. Ewing, financial condition of the JOURNAL encouragM. D., Edgerton, Kas.
ing, it being free of debt. Eighteenth--"Neurasthenia," by W. S. Lindsay, M. D., Topeka, Kas.
Dr. S. R. MILLEN, of Clarinda, Iowa, one of Nineteenth-“Hypertrophy of the Lateral the JOURNAL's subscribers, has invented an Walls of the Pharynx," by Hal Foster, A. B. invalid's bed. He will be pleased to send cirM. D., Kansas City, Mo.
culars to those desiring further information.
About Our Journal.
paper. Its true merit will be seen and re
warded. The KANSAS MEDICAL JOURNAL has reach
We begin this, our second year of JOURed and passed its first mile stone in the jour. NAL life, with everything seemingly in our ney of life. Like all births it was accom favor. Unity prevails in our J:\URNAL housepanied with the usual amount of anxiety and hold. In our state peace and good will among suffering, despite the directions of Dr. Mitch- the brethren prevail. ell, found in this number of the JOURNAL, had
The various medical societies vie with each been carefully followed out. But it is alive, other in friendly strife for the prize. vigorous, and growing nicely, owing to the
There are more district, county and city food supply which has been furnished by the medical societies in Kansas to-day than ever brains of the Kansas physicians in the main. before in her history. Their success is the An occasional savory dish has been served up JOURNAL's success. The physicians of the by our neighbors, and the exchanges all are a state are the fountain, the JOURNAL is what constant source of information and pleasure. flows from it. In the twelve numbers, four hundred and
Depending then upon the brethren, and the fifty pages of reading matter have been fur- energy and ability of the JOURNAL staff, we nished to our readers, or thirty-seven and one-launch off into the second year of journalistic
life. half pages in each number. From one-half to three-fourths of each number has been
"A bill to repeal the statute requiring the original matter, in the ordinary sense of orig. preliminary education of medical students has inal. The JOURNAL has, in a measure, been already passed to its third reading in the New an epitome of the standing of the practition-York Legislature. This repeal is called for ers of the state.
by Dr. Austin Flint and others in the interests
of certain colleges on the ground that a large The physicians are learning that the senti- portion of the medical students graduated in ment expressed in our salutatory is being car- the medical colleges of this country are from ried out in spirit and letter. They are anx- New York colleges; that the students spend ious to see the JOURNAL prosper, and co
here over a million dollars every winter, and operate with us as brethren should, not only tion drives students to colleges out of the
that the act requiring a preliminary examinain brain work but in U. S. currency. It State, and should therefore be abolished.” makes us very happy to hear them calling it We bow our heads in shame when we read our, (meaning their) JOURNAL, which it is. the above, to think that our great Empire State
While we desire to make the JOURNAL self- should be the first to lead off in this direction sustaining, yet it was not a financial scheme -a State to which we have been taught to in any sense of the word. As has been re- look as our peer in educational matters. inarked of it, there is no clique or faction for We are opposed to any move which in any which it works. It is entirely untrammeled. way has a tendency to lower the standard of Its purpose is to subserve the best interests education, medical, literary or otherwise. of the profession in Kansas, and by so doing The above law already had given promise of benefit medicine in general.
excellent results, and now to ask its repeal Journalism is a profession of itself, and has simply because there is a possibility of diminto be learned. With experience we are en- ishing the funds in college treasuries, is merabled to better our work. Typographical cenary in the extreme. errors from omission in proof reading, and printers unacquainted with medical language, WHILE in St. Joseph recently we had the have occurred too often-but experience and pleasure of meeting our friend Dr. Bransford effort will, in a great measure, remedy this Lewis of the Weekly Medical Review of St. fault. To authors of papers this is very an-Louis. He was for six years first assistant noying, as well as to the editor; but credit surgeon in the St. Louis City hospital. He is will always be given by the man whose opinion a young man, a good physician and a live we value, to the thought contained in the ljournalist.
SOCIETY PROCEEDINGS. Dr. Pigman-Is phthisis a sequelæ of pneu
monia ? I have had some cases in which the
lung broke down and cavities were formed. Republican Valley District Medical Society.
Dr. McCasey-Read a paper on “Pneumo
nia," see page 458. The Republican Valley District Medical
Dr Sawhill-The fatality of pneumonia here Society met in Dr. Letourneau's office, Concordia, Kan., April 3, 1890.
is greater than the remarks of the gentlemen Present, Dr. J. H. Brierly, of Glasco, presi- would lead us to believe. A number of fatal
cases have occurred in this community during dent; Dr. W. F. Sawhill, of Concordia, secre
the past year. tary; Drs. L. R. White, of Scandia, J. A.
Dr. McCasey reported a case of pneumoJeannotte, A. G. Sexton and C. F. Leslie of
nia in a plethoric man in which he drew ten Clyde, Grant Cullimore of Atchison, C. M. Arbuthnot of Belleville, Geo. F. Beatty of duced two degrees and the pulse fifteen beats
ounces of blood, and the temperature was reMiltonvale, S. C. Pigman, J. H. McCasey. N. duced two degrees and the pulse fifteen beats
in two hours. This treatment was followed Udell, W. R Priest of Concordia, L. H. Munn, G. A. Wall, J. C. McClintock and J. E. Min
by aconite and antipyrin. The doctor thought
there were more deaths from pneumonia last ney of Topeka. The minutes of the last meeting were read
year than this year with the la-grippe.
Dr. Leslie favored a large dose of calomel and approved.
followed by a large dose of quinine, in the The following physicians were elected to membership in the society, viz.: Dr. Grant early stages of pneumonia.
Dr. Priest-I use chloroform inhalations in Cullimore of Atchison, Dr. C. M. Arbuthnot of Belleville, Dr. C. F. Leslie of Clyde, and the first stage of pneumonia. If that fails to Drs. G. A. Wall, L. H. Munn, J. C. McClin- give relief, I use pilocarpine. The chloroform tock and J. E. Minney of Topeka.
gives temporary relief and shortens the in“ Does the Practice of Medicine Pay?" was
flammatory process, I think, in some cases. the subject of the retiring president's (Dr.
The report was received,
Dr. Jeannotte reported two cases of fracture Brierly) address, found in this number of the
of the cervical vertebra, presenting one speciJOURNAL The following were elected officers for the men. The report will be published in the
next issue of the JOURNAL. ensuing year: Dr. J. A. Jeannotte, president;
Dr. Cullimore read a paper on otorrhæa as a Dr. McCasey, first, and Dr. L. R. White, second vice president; Dr. S. C. Pigman, secretary: will be published, together with the discus
sequela of the exanthematous diseases, which and Dr. A. Letourneau treasurer.
sion, in the next number. The secretary was authorized to issue cre
Dr. W. F. Sawhill reported a case of bilious dentials to members who wished to attend as
calculi cured by drachm doses of phosphate delegates, the American Medical Association, which meets in Nashville, Tenn., May 20,
of soda three times a day for two weeks.
The society adjourned to meet in Concordia 1890. Dr. White presented a report on Pneumo- the first Thursday in July, 1890.
W. F. SAWHILL, Secretary. nia, see page 461.
DISCUSSION. Dr. Leslie-Is there any difference in pneu- Missouri Valley Medical Society. monia here and in the Atlantic Eastern seaboard States ? I think there is a greater fa- The Medical Society of the Missouri Valley tality in the east.
convened in the city of St. Joseph, March 20 Dr. Pigman-Large doses of quinine, mor- and 21, 1890. This association was organized phine and whisky are contraindicated in pneu- a little over a year ago in Council Bluffs, and monia. In the early stages I prefer digitalis now numbers over two hundred members. to aconite. Pneumonia is not so fatal here as The membership is made up of the profession in the eastern States.
of the States bordering on the Missouri river.