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MINUTES

OF THE

TWENTY-SIXTH ANNUAL MEETING

OF THE

AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION,

Held in the City of Louisville, Kentucky, May 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th, 1875.

The Association assembled at Public Library Hall, on Tuesday, May 4th, at 11 A. M., and was called to order by Dr. EDWARD RICHARDSON, of Kentucky, Chairman of the Committee of Arrangements.

He introduced Rev. J. S. LAMAR, of Louisville, who offered a prayer.

The President, Dr. W. K. BOWLING, of Texas, occupied the chair, supported by Vice-Presidents Dr. WM. BRODIE, of Michigan, Dr. J. J. WOODWARD, U. S. A., and Dr. H. D. DIDAMA, of New York. The Permanent Secretary, Dr. WM. B. ATKINSON, of Pennsylvania, and the Assistant Secretary, Dr. WILLOUGHBY WALLING, of Kentucky, were at their posts.

Dr. RICHARDSON addressed the Association as follows:

Mr. President and Gentlemen of the American Medical Association :

It is with great pleasure that I attempt to fulfil the duty assigned me of bidding welcome to the American Medical Association upon the present occasion of its assembling in this city.

In bebalf of the medical profession and the citizens of Louisville, as well as of the State of Kentucky, I desire to express the high gratification we experience in being honored by the presence of so many distinguished gentlemen from distant regions, met for the advancement of the medical science, and for the pro

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motion of the highest interests both of the profession and of the community

In these most worthy purposes the faculty of this city, and of the entire State, most warmly sympathize, and are happy to extend to you all a most cordial greeting, as well as to proffer to you the most earnest co-operation in your useful labors.

It is to us, Mr. President, in presence of so many eminent mem- . bers of the profession here assembled, a source of congratulation that our State herself has not been unknown to medical annals, and that she may justly assert the distinction of having been the first to introduce into successful practice several of the most important and beneficent operations of surgery, now widely known and fully appreciated, both here and in foreign lands. The names of her Brashear, her McDowell, her Briggs, her Dudley have, with those of others, been placed high upon the roll of fame as original and independent thinkers and workers, who have deserved well of their compeers in the healing art; and it is, Mr. President, a grateful, if it be even but a fond imagining that their revered shades are now here present with us, to do honor to this occasion, and to enhance our welcome by the addition of their own. Nor would it be improper, Mr. President, if our State should institute also a clain, in part at least, to more than one of the distinguished gentlemen who are now enrolled as Eastern members of the American Medical Association.

The eminent writers and practitioners to whom I allude were formerly citizens of Kentucky, and in this city of Louisville were, for no inconsiderable period, fellow-laborers with the faculty of our medical institutions in furthering the cause of medical science. They have, it is true, transferred the scene of their successes to another portion of our country. Reversing the usual order of the celestial bodies and the usual course of empire, they have moved from the West to the East, where they now continue to shine in the medical firmament with ever-increasing splendor.

But Kentucky is far from relinquishing her vested rights, her priority of possession in them, and it is, therefore, with the most lively satisfaction that the faculty and citizens of Louisville wel. come again, even for a brief sojourn, their former associates, ex. pressing the hope that the renewal of ancient friendships and the cherished reminiscences of the past may add their enjoyments to those of the present, and render their stay with us as agreeable

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to themselves as it will most assuredly be to their numerous friends in this city.

It is probable, however, Mr. President, that the larger portion of the membership of the Association have now for the first time visited our State. Allow me to say to these that it is for the stranger that our State ever accords a peculiar welcome, and that it is in her “Old Kentucky Home” that she loves to dispense the grateful tribute due to the eminent in science and to the public benefactors of society who honor her with their presence. In her name I heartily welcome you to her borders and her hospitalities, and in her behalf, and that of the profession and the citizens of Louisville, tender once more to the members of the Association, one and all, the best wishes for their happiness in our midst, and for the most propitious results of their deliberations upon the important matters for which they are now convened.

He then announced the following programme :
Sessions to convene at 91 A. M., and adjourn at 1 P. M.
Sections convene at 3} P. M., in their appropriate rooms.

Receptions and Entertainments.—The delegates and their ladies are invited to a public reception at the Galt House, given by the physicians of Louisville, on Tuesday evening at 9 o'clock.

On Wednesday, private receptions will be given by Dr. and Mrs. J. LAWRENCE SMITH, Dr. and Mrs. J. R. BUTLER, Mr. and Mrs. JAMES TRABUE, Dr. and Mrs. D. W. YANDELL, each from 8 to 12 P.M.

Thursday by Capt. and Mrs. JAMES F. Irwin, 4 to 7 P. M., Mr and Mrs. Jos. T. TOMPKINS, 8 to 11 P. M., and Mr. and Mrs. ISAAC CALDWELL, 8 to 12 P. M.

Friday by Mr. and Mrs. J. Watts KEARNEY, and Mr. and Mrs. JAMES G. CARTER, each from 8 to 12 P. M.

On Friday, Col. JNO. B. McFERRAN desires a visit of the Association to his stock farm.

Invitations were also tendered by various charitable and other institutions.

The report was received and adopted.

He presented the following list of registered delegates and permanent members :

ALABAMA.

JAMES S. BANKSON, State Medical Society,

RUFFIN COLEMAN,

GEORGE E. KUMPE. Med. Soc. of Northern Alabama, WM. C. CROSS. Medical and Surgical Society of WM. O. BALDWIN, Montgomery,

SAMUEL D. SEELYE.

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ARKANSAS. State Medical Society,

THOMAS SMITH. College of Physicians and Sur. , P. O. HOOPER, geons, Little Rock,

JAMES H. LENOW. Little Rock and Pulaski County

JAMES A. DIBRELL, JR. Med. Soc., Permanent Member,

D. A. LINTHICUM.

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COLORADO.
Territorial Medical Society, CHARLES DENISON.

CONNECTICUT. State Medical Society,

LEWIS WILLIAMS. New Haven County Medical So- BENJAMIN H. CATLIN, ciety,

CHARLES H. PINNEY.

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

SAMUEL C. BUSEY,

| JOHNSON ELIOT, Medical Association of D. C., WM. H. Ross,

W. H. TRIPLETT,
JOSEPH MEREDITH TONER.

FLORIDA.

E. T. SABAL.

State Medical Society,

GEORGIA.

| ROBERT BATTEY,

THOMAS S. HOPKINS,

E. J. KIRKSCEY, | R. H. LEWIS,

WILLIAM ABRAM Love,

State Medical Society,

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