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can 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.
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.
Homoeopathy 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 laws 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
legislators justly are so willing to grant. We have the single medical examining board, composed of five Allopaths, three Homeopaths and one Eclectic. Through our efforts a clause was inserted in the creating bill, requiring a unanimous vote to license any practitioner. This gave harmonious action and insured fair treatment at the hands of the majority. Since its organization 141 candidates have presented themselves with the following results : Of the Eclectics 50 per cent passed ; Allopaths 82 per cent. and Homøopaths 86 per cent. Examination percentage of successful applicants : Eclectics 67, Allopaths 79 and Homeopaths 81. The best record made by any candidate was a graduate of a Homeopathic college. I know of no legacies, donations or appropriations for Homoeopathic institutions and no new hospitals have been established. Regarding “towns where Homeopathic physicians are greatly needed,” their name is Legion. Our medical colleges are so thorough in instruction, so rigorous in examination and the course of study so extended as to make the supply unequal to the demand. Better thus than otherwise; not how many but how good shall be the practitioners, is the true motto. If any State has an overplus, just send the good ones to Jersey. No others need apply.
T. Y. KINNE, M.D., Delegate,
Ohio. Delegates :-D. H. Beck with, M.D., Cleveland ; J. D. Buck, M.D., Cincinnati ; J. A. Gann, M.D., Wooster.
Mr. President and Members of the Institute :
It is with pleasure that I respond to the call of the State of Ohio. I remember Cleveland, with only three Homeopathic physicians. To-day we number one hundred.
SOCIETIES.-In most of the counties in the State, Medical Socie·ties exist. We also have district organizations, where several counties unite and establish a society. All these are tributaries to the Homöopathic Medical Society of Ohio, and all work for its advancement, prosperity and popularity.
I am proud to say that the local societies have had a larger attendance and better papers than any previous year. The State society, at its last meeting, never was equalled in numbers. The quality of its papers and its scientific discussions never surpassed.
Cincinnati extended the freedom of the city through its Mayor, to those in attendance, and the local physicians did honor to themselves. Our meeting this year was postponed through its officers, for one year, thus giving many of the physicians of Ohio, who could not have attended both meetings, an opportunity to attend the Congress and Institute here in session.
JOURNALS.-Ohio has three medical journals, published quarterly, which compare favorably with other medical publications and through them thousands of readers are supplied with progressive medical literature.
DISPENSARIES.—During the past year, the Medical and Surgical Dispensaries throughout the State, have treated more medical and surgical patients than any previous year. Medical and Surgical Staffs have been organized. Specialists have had their departments well represented, so that the poor have been treated in every branch of medicine, with all the care and attention that wealth could have provided for them.
MATERNITY HOME.—During the past year, the Cleveland physicians have established a Maternity Home, which has been of great advantage to the senior students in clinical work. It is managed by a board of ladies, and is one of the charities of Cleveland.
TRAINING SCHOOL.—The Training School for Nurses, has been under a thorough course of instruction by competent teachers, selected from the professors of the two colleges. The number of graduates at the last commencement was greater than the class of
These trained nurses are in great demand by physicians of both the New and Old School of medicine. Over one hundred applicants to enter the Training School, during the past year, could not be received, as only a certain number can be accommodated. It requires over fifty to do the hospital work.
HOSPITALS.—The Cleveland Homeopathic Hospital had a very large number of medical and surgical patients during the past year. It has paid all its indebtedness, and has to-day several thousand dollars in bank to its credit.
The Hospital is large and commodious, but cannot accommodate the demands for admission that are made daily. The Executive Committee has plans and specifications prepared for a large fireproof annex, and we hope it will be completed by next year.
Toledo has just opened a new and beautiful hospital, which has
from seventy-five to one hundred beds. It is located in a desirable portion of the city, and built and sustained by the citizens of the place. The ladies of Toledo have done noble work in building and furnishing so fine a building. They work as true Christian women in this charity work to relieve the sick and wounded.
The Old and New School of Medicine each have their Medical and Surgical staff. The lady managers and trustees are represented from each school.
I predict success for the New School, providing the physicians and surgeons work in peace and harmony together, waiving all petty jealousies, and stand firm for the best interests of the hospital, working daily for its maintenance, its reputation and success. Time will develop the loyalty of the Toledo doctors to Homeopathy.
COLLEGES.-During the past year two large and elegant Homeopathic college buildings have been completed in Cleveland, and thoroughly equipped in every department. These buildings are of so fine a structure that they are an ornament to the city, and the physicians of the New School of Medicine are proud that Ohio has done so much for Homeopathy the past year.
The trustees have made some important changes in the methods of instruction, which they claim will be of great advantage to the medical students. The three colleges have improved their curriculum of studies, and their teachers are second to no other college in the United States.
A dental department in the old college, has a complete faculty. In the new building, these rooms are so constructed that the best of clinical and practical work can be accomplished.
DONATIONS.—The donations, contributions and endowments to the hospitals and dispensaries in Cleveland the past year have far exceeded those of any preceding year.
The work done for Homeopathy the past year, bas added wealth and popularity to our school of medicine throughout the State of Ohio.
D. H. BECKWITH, M.D.
THE STATUS OF HOMEOPATHY IN SOUTHERN OHIO.
The status of Homeopathy in Southern Ohio, may be best represented by a brief report of the Homeopathic institutions found therein, together with the rate of increase or decrease in the number of practitioners.
The Homeopathic institutions in Southern Ohio consist now of