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officials of the city of San Francisco, the health officer and quarantine officer-all were there to fight it because it simply meant the taking away of considerable patronage from Allopathic control. Both sides are organizing for a bitter fight two years hence. No doubt that by continued effort we shall win, as popular sentiment and the newspapers are on our side.
New Societies.—The San Francisco County Homeopathic Society was formed with some sixty members. President, J. N. Eckel, M.D.; Secretary, Grant Selfridge, M.D. Its meetings are held monthly.
New Hospitals, etc.—The San Francisco Hahnemann Hospital building fund is constantly increasing. An art loan exhibit given during the winter netted a neat sum. Other existing hospitals are flourishing
Dr. C. A. Wayland, of San José, has received the appointment of health officer of that city. Dr. Grant Selfridge, of San Francisco, has received the appointment of oculist and aurist to the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, which, on the Pacific coast, wields more power than the Government. Our towns are all well supplied by Homeopathic physicians.
The Hahnemann Hospital College of San Francisco is in its most flourishing era. The building has been entirely refitted,' a new gynæcological room added to the dispensary and more complete clinical facilities afforded to the students.
Journals.—The California Homoeopath, formerly edited by Drs. Boericke and Dewey, has merged into a more assuming journal and one better calculated to meet the wants of the profession on the Coast. Dr. H. R. Arndt, of San Diego, is editor, and Boericke & Runyon, of San Francisco, publishers. The name of the new journal is The Pacific Coast Journal of Homoeopathy.
Prof. Ward, the able gynecologist of the Hahnemann Hospital College has opened a private sanitarium for abdominal surgery in San Francisco, to which students have access.
W. A. DEWEY, M.D., Delegate.
Illinois. During the past year an attempt was made to alter the medical laws of the State, but the attempt failed.
Hahnemann College, of Chicago, received an appropriation of $150,000 and Hering College $100,000. Hahnemann has erected a new hospital building at a cost of $110,000 and a college building costing $50,000. Hering College has also established a hospital during the last year. There is also to be mentioned the World's Columbian Hospital recently erected in the Exposition Grounds at a cost of $15,000.
During the past year, Dr. Vincent, of Springfield, was appointed a member of the State Board of Health, and has since been elected by the Board as its President.
WESLEY A. Dunn, M.D., Delegate.
During the legislative session of 1893 a bill was offered providing for the appointment of a Board of State Medical Examiners, whose duty would be to examine all applicants for license to practice medicine in the State.
The bill further provided that said board should be composed of seven Allopathic and two Homeopathic physicians, a majority of whom should pass on each applicant. This bill we considered unjust, as it would, if allowed to become a law, be made to discriminate against Homeopaths. Hence, our Legislative Committee proceeded to open fire upon the bill, which opened the eyes of some prominent members of the Legislature to the nature of the bill, and it died still-born.
No new societies have been formed during the last year. No appropriation, donations nor legacies. The fact that Homeopathy is not represented upon the medical staffs of the benevolent and penal institutions of the State is due largely to the apathy of its adherents. Some efforts in this direction have been made from time to time, but have usually been made without concert and without energy and persistence.
The governing power is not prejudiced, and does not discriminate, but simply lacks information, which might easily be furnished were the profession as alert and as interested as it should be. In proof of this I will cite the fact that in the organization of a State Board of Health the Homeopathic School was recognized, not so much because recognition was demanded as that the framers of the bill feared that it might be defeated were the claims of that school ignored. They therefore gave assurance that a representative would be allowed on the board. Two years after the passage of the act establishing the board, the Homeopathic member was dropped, and that because he did not take sufficient interest in the matter to prompt him to demand and work for his reappointment. Thus, for a period of two years, our school was without representation in any department of the State government.
At the end of that time a member of the Indiana Institute of Homeopathy procured through that body the passage of a resolution demanding the appointment, formed it into a petition which he presented to the Governor together with a statement of facts and rights to such recognition.
Although another Allopathic physician had been appointed to the vacancy for political reasons, yet upon the complaint of injustice done, the Governor procured the resignation of the appointee, and gave the place to the petitioner.
A Homeopathic physician is needed and could do well in Gas. city and Rockville. Gas city is a growing town of thirty-five hundred people, situated in Eastern Indiana, in what is known as the natural gas belt. Rockville has a population of 3000, is located in. Western Indiana, and needs a Homeopathic physician badly.
W. T. GOTT, M.D., Delegate..
The Homoeopathic physicians number about one to every five thousand of the inhabitants of the State. They hold such positions as that of physician to the Soldiers' Orphan Home, the School of Reformation for boys, and fill positions in other State and charitable institutions. One of their number has for eight years past been. elected annually to the presidency of the State Board of Health. This board is composed of four Allopaths, two Eclectics and three Homeopaths, all appointed by the Governor. They are not a. Board of Examiners, their work being confiped to the field of sanitation and supervision of the general public health interest of the State. They have worked harmoniously together, and like brothers. have dwelt together in unity.
The Kansas State Homeopathic Medical Society held its Twentyfifth Annual Session, at Topeka, on the 3d, 4th and 5th of May, 1893. The following physicians were elected delegates to the American Institute of Homeopathy and World’e Congress of Homeopathic Physicians and Surgeons :
E. R. Tuttle, M.D., Salina ; E. R. Thompson, M.D., McPherson ; J. W. Light, M.D., Kingman; G. H. Anderson, M.D., Seneca ; P. Diederich, M.D., Kansas City ; G. H. T. Johnson, M.D., Atchison.
The Homeopathic physicians of the State are working to secure the exclusive medical control of one of the insane asylums of the State with fair prospects of success, and are vigilantly looking after the interests of our school in all directions.
E. R. TUTTLE, M.D., Delegate.
Maine. In the absence of the Chairman, is becomes my duty as a delegate to answer to the call for Maine. The Maine Homeopathic Medical Society has a membership of seventy active members and five honorary ones. It holds annual meetings, usually the first week in June. The Society was incorporated by Act of Legislature in 1867 and organized very soon after with seventeen members. One hundred and twenty physicians residing in the State have been connected with it besides six non-resident honorary physicians. At the session in 1892 seven physicians were elected to active membership and one to honorary membership. Six volumes of its Transactions have been published. The requirements for membership are as follows : “Any person shall be eligible to membership who has received the degree of Doctor of Medicine from a legally authorized medical institute, sustains a good moral character, and acknowledges and practices medicine according to the law Similia Similibus Curantur.
Homeopathy was introduced into Maine in 1840 by a foreigner, Dr. Sandricky, who came to Eastport and later in the same year to Bath, where the first convert, an Old-School physician was made. Much ridicule, abuse and persecution has been heaped upon Homeopathists by the Old-School adherents, perhaps some less of late years, yet Homeopathy has continued to spread, until there are ninety physicians of this faith in the State, an average of one to every 7400 inhabitants. Very many of the towns know nothing of it. There is no law restricting any person from practicing medicine. The following statute seems too absurd to have a place in the Jaws of the State-Chap. 13, Sec. 9, reads as follows: “No person who has not received a medical degree at a public medical institution in the United States, or a license from Maine Medical Association, shall recover compensation for medical or surgical services, unless previous to such service he had obtained a certificate of good moral character from the municipal officers of the town where he then resided.” The Maine Medical Association is the Old-School Society, and according to this statute is empowered to license any person it sees fit to practice medicine. The effect is a rich field for quacks since they demand their fees in advance, as in many cases a certificate of good moral character would be difficult to obtain.
During the session of the last Legislature, 1893, a bill carefully drawn to include all educated physicians was presented requiring the registration of all physicians having diplomas from regular chartered colleges. It had the support of a great majority of Homeopaths and Allopaths, but was vigorously opposed by one of the most heartless extortioners in New England. He is not a resident of Maine, but furnished money to oppose the bill by expensive counsel at the hearing before the Committee. It is a matter of regret that his efforts should have been seconded by a few Homeopathic physicians, some members of the Institute. The bill was defeated in committee, and charlatans have equal privileges with graduated physicians. In all the public institutions of the State not a Homeopath has an appointment. One was on the Board of Trustees of the Insane Hospital, and one who has since died, was on the staff of the Central Maine General Hospital, department of eye diseases.
W. Scott Hill, M.D., Delegate.
New Jersey. New Jersey, homeopathically considered has, during the past two years, in point of number of Homeopathic physicians, kept pace with the increase in population; and in clientage, wealth and influence exceeded this proportion. It has a flourishing State Society of which Dr. A. W. Baily, of Atlantic City, is President. There are two Homeopathic hospitals—at Trenton and Camdenboth making good records. The State legislature last winter passed a bill appropriating $125,000 for a State Homoeopathic Insane Asylum, which failed to become a law through the Governor being advised there was no funds with which to meet it. Next winter we expect to prevent any such results and thereby obtain what our