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61; George B. McAuliffe, 60; Albert W. Ferris, 29; The report of the Counsel, Mr. Almuth C. Vandiver, Edward Emory Tull, 19. Defective votes, 22.
was most interesting and among the cases reported was Total number of votes cast for Delegates, 360, of that of the John H. Woodbury Dermatological Instiwhich Egbert Le Fevre received 273; Floyd M. Cran- tute; the important question in this case was whether dall, 261; H. Seymour Houghton, 255; Walter Lester or not a corporation could practice medicine or adverCarr, 254; Abraham Jacobi, 251; Charles H. Richard- tise to practice. The Court of Special Sessions, before son, 249; J. Milton Mabbott, 244; John A. Bodine, 234; whom the case was tried, found the defendant guilty. E. Eliot Harris, 233; Arnold H. Knapp, 227; H. M. Justice Duel held that the license to practice medicine Silver, 224; Ward Bryant Hoag, 220; Edward M. Foote, was an individual one and could not be granted a cor210; Edmund Prince Fowler, 209; Michael C. O'Brien, poration, and that, therefore, a corporation could not 206; Frank S. Fielder, 187; Frederic R. Sturgis, 185; practice or advertise to practice medicine. This was Chas. G. Child, Jr., 183; Richard G. Wiener, 166; Wil- upheld by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court liam S. Gottheil, 162; Henry Heiman, 139; Sigmund and, upon further appeal to the Court of Last Resort Pollitzer, 133; Emil Mayer, 120; Herman Grad, 103. this fact was also indorsed and the conviction affirmed. Defective votes, 56.
The Counsel also reported that steps are being taken Reports were received from the Officers, Special and to revoke the license of six practitioners of medicine, Standing Committtees and Counsel. All were of un- each of whom has heretofore been convicted of a crime usual interest and showed that the year had been one in the County of New York. He stated that an effort of marked activity in all the branches of work in which had been made to have deterrent prison sentence inthe Society is engaged. The report of the Treasurer ficted upon medical criminals instead of fines as hereis as follows:
tofore, and that the aggregate number of years of im
prisonment imposed in cases prosecuted by him had CONDENSED SUMMARY OF ACCOUNTS FOR been eight years, seven months and twenty-five days. THE YEAR ENDING NOVEMBER 19, 1908. The Committee on Legislation reported that 324 bills
and amendments to bills relative to medical subjects INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT.
had been introduced into the last Legislature. They Receipts.
referred to the Optometry Bill as representing unusual Balance on hand Nov. 20, 1907..
and unjust class legislation. They also called attention Dues from Members.
to the necessity of fighting the Anti-Vivisection Bill Initiation Fees
which had been defeated last year and which will probFines for illegal practice.
ably come up next year.
2,200.00 Milk Commission
The Comitia Minora reported that eight meetings Miscellaneous receipts
of the Society had been held with an average attend20,657.62 ance of 257 ; that there had been 65 dropped for non
payment of dues; 19 resignations; 26 deaths; the active $20,921.37
list at present embraced 2,262 members; a net increase Disbursements.
during the year of 29, not including members elected
at this meeting. State Assessment (arrears for 1907).... $531.00 State Assessment (1908)...
The Special Committee on New Members, Dr. Victor
6,069.00 Salaries and Disbursements of Counsel
C. Pedersen, Chairman, made its report, which demon(Sturcke & Andrews)...
strated very clearly the value of such a Committee to
1,771.51 Salaries and Disbursements of Counsel
work in conjunction with the Committee on member(Whitman & Vandiver)
ship; 155 new m nbers having been brought into the Milk Commission
Society during the year through the efforts of this Collations
480.00 Rent of Academy of Medicine.
The report of the Milk Commission showed that Expenses of Administration..
15,000 quarts of milk dispensed daily in New York,
are under the supervision of the Commission, either $20,020.72
as certified or inspected milk, an increase of 4,000 quarts Balance on hand Nov. 19, 1908...
per day since last year.
SCIENTIFIC SESSION. A Symposium on Tuberculosis; 'arranged as a Part of the Introductory Exercises attending the Opening in New York of the Exhibit of the International Tuberculosis Congress at Washington.
1. The Lessons of the recent International Tuberculosis Congress. By Woods Hutchinson, M.D.
2. The Incidence of Tubercular Bacilli in New York City Milk, with the Study of its Effect on a Series of Children. By Alfred F. Hess, M.D.
Discussion-By Henry Koplik, M.D.; Rowland G. Freeman, M.D.
3. The Relative Importance of Human and Bovine Types of Tubercle Bacilli in Human Infection. By William H. Park, M.D.
4. The Methods Employ.ed to Differentiate the Different Varieties of Tubercle Bacilli. By W. H. Woglom, M.D. (By invitation).
General Discussion-During the evening Mr. Nathan Straus spoke very graphically in relation to the practical utility of pasteurization of milk. His enthusiasm on the subject was based on 19 years' experience both in Germany and New York City.
John Van Doren Young, Secretary.
$5,987.78 We hereby certify that the above balance sheet is correct as shown by the books,
(Signed) WILLIAM L. STOWELL,
EDWARD F. HURD,
MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE COUNTY OF ROCKLAND COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY. MONROE.
ANNUAL MEETING, New City, DECEMBER 9, 1908. ANNUAL MEETING, ROCHESTER, DECEMBER 15, 1908.
Resolved, That the Rockland County Medical Society
President-M. J. Sanford, Suffern; Vice-PresidentDelegates to State Society–J. O. Roe, E. H. Howard E. H. Maynard, Nyack; Secretary-J. C. Dingman, and William M. Brown.
Spring Valley; Treasurer-A. K. Doig, Nyack; CenAlternates to State Society-C. O. Boswell, N. D. sors-G. T. Blauvelt, John Sengstacken, W. R. Sitler, McDowell and C. R. Witherspoon.
Ralph De Baun and J. H. Crosby. Delegates
to Seventh District Branch-J. W. Delegate to State Society-J. W. Giles. Whitbeck and W. B. Jones.
A very enjoyable dinner served after the Alternates to Seventh District Branch-M. L. Casey Meeting. and F. W. Seymour. Five applicants were elected to membership.
MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE COUNTY OF The following amendments to the By-Laws were
CHAUTAUQUA. adopted :
ANNUAL MEETING, JAMESTOWN, DECEMBER 8, 1908. (a) Chapter II, Section 4—"one week” be changed to "three days."
BUSINESS SESSION. Chapter IV, Section 6"fourteen” be changed to "seven."
The following officers were elected for the coming Chapter IX, Sections 2 and 3—"ten" be changed to year: President-M. N. Bemus, Jamestown; First "five."
Vice-President-Edgar Rood, Westfield; Second Vice(b) Chapter VII, Section 1, be amended by the addi- President-E. A. Scofield, Jamestown; Secretary and tion of "Milk Commission.
new Section: Treasurer-H. A. Eastman, Jamestown ; Censors–E. M. “Section 5. Milk Commission-The Milk Commission Scofield, J. W. Morris, A. W. Dods; Delegate to State shall consist of six members to serve for three years, Society, Walter Stuart; Alternate-W. M. Bemus; Deltwo members to be elected each year. At the first elec- egates to Eighth District Branch-G. E. Smith and H. A. tion following the adoption of this By-Law, two mem- Eastman; Alternates-J. R. Sackrider and N. G. Richbers shall be elected for one year, two for two years,
mond. two for three years. Thereafter, two members shall be The President appointed the following committees : elected each year to serve for three years.
Committee on Legislation—L. Hazeltine, V. D. Bo“This Commission shall examine such milk as may zovsky and G. L, Hunter. be submitted to it, and shall certify to such as may
Committee on Public Health—H. W. Davis, G. E. meet the requirements adopted by the Commission as Smith and W. D. Wellman. its standard for certified milk.
Next meeting will take place in Fredonia, the last "The Commission shall make an annual report at the Tuesday in May. Annual Meeting of the society covering the work of the preceding year.
RENSSELAER COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY. "Any or all members of the Commission may be
SPECIAL MEETING, TROY, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1908. removed for cause, by a majority vote of the members
Two hundred doctors were present, invitations having present at any regular meeting. Such action may be
been sent to all members of the Counties of Rensselaer, taken only when notice of such intention has been
Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady and Montgomery, and given at a previous meeting, and has been published
to all physicians residing in Bennington, Vermont. in the announcement of the meeting at which such removal is to be considered."
Program (c) Chapter VII, Section 2—“The Comitia Minora shall recommend to the society_nominations for all Lantern Slide demonstration of Neurological Diselective offices. Nothing in this By-Law shall be con- eases, La Salle Archambault. strued to limit the right of the society to make inde- 1. Cerebral Palsy of Childhood (including Athetosis). pendent nominations. The Comitia shall bring before 2. Infantile Paralysis. the society at each meeting such matters as shall seem 3. Syringo-myelia (including Hydromyelia). to be of interest or importance to the society."
4. Tabes Dorsalis. (d) Chapter X, Section 1–Dues.-"One" to be 5. Muscular Dystrophies. changed to "two."
6. Achondroplasia. At the end of the session an address was given by 7. Neurofibromatosis. the President, C. D. Young, Rochester.
8. Thomsen's Disease.
The General Practitioner and the Functional Nervous MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE COUNTY OF
Diseases, Joseph Collins.
At the close of the meeting a very enjoyable lunch
was served at the Troy Club. REGULAR MEETING, ALBANY, DECEMBER 16, 1908.
MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE COUNTY OF Program.
RENSSELAER. After the business meeting, demonstrations in Medical
ANNUAL MEETING DECEMBER 8, 1908. and Surgical Cases, and Gastro Enteric Diseases were
The following officers were elected: PresidentAt the close of the meeting a lunch was served at the H. W. Carey, Troy; Vice-President-C. B. Sprague, Albany Hospital.
Troy; Secretary-J. H. F. Coughlin, Troy;_Treasurer Next regular meeting will be held Wednesday even- -O. F. Kinloch, Troy; Censors-J. T. Flynn and ing, January 13, 1909.
J. A. Barnes.
Delegate to State Society—E. R. Stillman.
"Hydatidiform. Mole,” report of case and specimen Delegate to Third District Branch-Hiram Elliott. presented by F. B. Green. Scientific Program.
"Enterolith,” specimen presented, which came from
the wound some time after an operation for Appendi"A New Method for Radical Cure of Inguinal
citis, by Charles Erway. Hernia," C. F. Kivlin.
JOHN T. WHEELER, M.D.
Dr. John T. WHEELER, Vice-President of this Society, OCTOBER 13, 1908.
for its first two years, President of the Third District
Branch Society, an eminent member of the medical Program.
profession, a conscientious, public spirited citizen, a kind and courteous gentleman, died at his home at
Chatham, Columbia County, after an illness of but a Officers elected for January, 1909, are as follows:
few days from pneumonia, on the third of December, President, J. S. Wright, M.D., Warsaw, Vice-President,
1908, at the age of fifty-eight. Z. G. Truesdell, M.D., Warsaw; Secretary and Treas
He was born in Albany, the only son of Joseph T. urer, L. H. Humphrey, M.D., Silver Springs; Censors, Wheeler and Mary A. Backus, but from the age of L. H. Humphrey, P. S. Goodwin and G. S. Skiff.
five years has been a resident of Chatham, his collegiate SCIENTIFIC SESSION.
training was principally at Yale, his medical at Bellevue,
where he graduated in 1875; he entered at once on the “Laboratory Aids in Diagnosis, C. C. Mann, M.D.
practice of medicine at Chatham, where for the rest of “Adenoid Growths,” L. M. Andrews, M.D. “Insomnia," P. S. Goodwin, M.D.
his life he continued, becoming the leading physician not only for the village but for a wide territory about.
Few communities have been favored with a man who MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE COUNTY OF so completely fulfilled the ideal of a good citizen, for CHEMUNG.
he not only gave the people invaluable service in his ANNUAL MEETING, SOCIETY Rooms, FEDERATION BLDG.,
calling and in the place of a trusted counsellor which
the intimate relation of a family physician of wisdom DECEMBER 15, 1908.
and good heart admits, but he was devoted unselfishly Program.
to the interests of his village, with high-minded devotion
to secure for it the best things. If he had lived out the The meeting was called to order by President A. W. tenth term for which he was elected a member of the Booth.
Board of Education, as he recently told one of us someMinutes of previous meeting read and approved.
what humorously but with manifest pride and reminisMinutes of meeting of Comitia Minora read and cence of work and accomplishment, he would have approved.
served in that body for a period of thirty years. His Resolutions were read from the Medical Society of literary tastes and exacting ideals fitted him to this the County of Genesee, and the Medical Society of
educational work as he realized what a good school the County of New York, regarding the publication
meant to a developing generation, and there was built of the Medical Directory.
an edifice, a model of fitness and dignity in which work Moved by Dr. Wey that the Delegate of this Society
was done which gave it an extended fame. Through to the State Convention be instructed to vote for the
his kindly, persistent effort moreover a public library continuation of the Directory of physicians for two
has been established, and no one can have a living, years. Seconded by Dr. Fisher. Carried.
enduring monument to his life work of better quality Report of the Treasurer was made and accepted as
than this group of buildings standing in the midst of made.
his home community. In other ways he served the The following officers were elected: President, A. people officially, as director of a bank and as trustee M. Loope, Wellsburg; Vice-President-LaRue Cole- of a church; but in the capacity of the private citizen grove, Elmira; Secretary-E. T. Bush, Horseheads;
he made himself more felt towards making the town, Treasurer-G. V. R. Merrill, Elmira; Censors—H. D.
set in its environment of the foot-hills of the BerkWey, C. W. M. Brown, A. W. Booth.
shires, better to live in, more sanitary, more moral, Delegate to State Society-R. P. Bush; Alternate with more education and manners for the growing Delegate to State Society-H. D. Wey; Delegate to
children, and he had enough persistence in his charDistrict Branch-R. G. Loop.
acter, and enough kindly humor to make his force felt
and to carry his way. On the morning of his funeral Scientific Session.
day his body lay in one of the school buildings, and President's Address, by A. W. Booth, Elmira. five hundred school children and his fellow citizens
“The Present Opportunities of Elmira Physicians in took a last look, while during the funeral hours all the treatment and management of Tuberculosis, with business places were closed out of respect for the sad special regard to the proposed Tuberculosis Hospital.” occasion.
Discussed by Drs. Westlake, Jennings, Brown, R. G. He was an active promoter of the interests of his Loop, Wey, Fisher, Baker, Squire, Stuart, and Bush. county medical society as every man ought to be. He
During the discussion the following motion was made became a member of the State Medical Society, and by Dr. Brown:
was chosen to inaugurate the work of the Third DisResolved–That it is the sentiment of the Chemung trict Branch Society, which was important.
He was County Medical Society that the Board of Aldermen its president for the first two years and brought the of the City of Elmira, should accept the proposition of organization into being in an acceptable way. This certain persons offering money and equipment for the current year he has been vice-president of the State establishment of a Hospital for cases of Tuberculosis; Society. and Resolved—That this resolution be read at the next Men of worth are selected to serve in office, but officemeeting of said Board of Aldermen.
holding is easy of recital and yet but a meagre measure Seconded by Dr. Wey. Carried.
of a man. Moral fibre, mental attainment, personal charThe President appointed Dr. C. W. 'M. Brown to acteristics, demeanor, determine effectiveness and are present such resolution.
not dependent on official position to come to expression. "Arthritis Deformans” with report of a case, J. A. A kindly, intelligent, sensitive face looks out from Westlake.
his faithful portrait. His figure was tall and erect. Discussed by Drs. Post, Wey, Brady and Baker. His manner was one of interest and not of self-concern.
JOURNAL OF MEDICINE
He was firm in his convictions but deferential to the in the Surgical Journals. Some of these articles, like opinions of others, gentle yet forceful.
those upon “The Surgical Treatment of Brain-Tumors" He was intelligent about his profession and kept himself conversant with its current material by reading, “Appendicitis," upon "Gall Stones,” upon “Spinal Sur
and of "Epilepsy”-upon “Acute Peritonitis,” upon attending the society gatherings, and contact with other men. He had, as noted already, an extensive practice,
gery," and upon the “Surgical Treatment of Exophthat of the general practitioner. In earlier years an
thalmic Goitre" attracted wide attention and were transinvalid himself he was thereby a sympathetic physician.
lated abroad into several languages. To his associates he was an important man, and was
His address before the Congress of American Phylooked to of the men of his region to guide opinion, sicians and Surgeons in Washington in 1897, and his to realize the public mind, and to give counsel in the address before the International Congress of Surgery polity of his profession. He was sincere, conscientious in Brussels in 1905, both on the subject of Peritonitis, and concerned. He had wisdom and intuition. He was
won for him world wide fame. an occasional contributor to current medical literature, and had a style of remarkable felicity. He was devoted
In the New York Academy of Medicine, and in the to sanitary work and for the last one or two years has
Clinical and Practitioners Societies, of all of which he found a wider scope for this in filling the position of was an active member, his papers and discussions were director of the division of communicable diseases in
listened to with interest and respect. On the subject the State Department of Health. The larger interests
of "Abdominal Surgery” and of "Brain Surgery" he of the profession outside the sick room had their place was an authority, and in the latter field he was known with him. He had the culture, tastes, and the spirit of as an original inventive operator, skillful and successful. an idealist, that made him more than a clever craftsman That his position as a leader was accepted by the and widened his life beyond that of routine professional members of the profession is attested by the fact that duty.
for two years he held the position of President of the The medical profession is always enriched by the life New York Surgical Society. In 1904 in recognition of of every good man in it. Sorrow universal and profound stirred all hearts when the life so full of activities, in
his work, Columbia University conferred upon him the the prime of its usefulness, was abruptly taken away.
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws, and in 1906 But it cannot fail to live in cherished memories of a
Princeton gave him the same degree. noble character and as an inspiration to all with whom
But aside from his professional reputation, Dr. he came in touch and made a wide circle of companions
McCosh had attained a recognized position in New and friends.
York City as a man of high character, of wide symDeputed by the Council of the Medical Society of the
pathy and of many social and philanthropic interests. State of New York to make this memorial we present
His charity was shown in his constant willingness to this tribute to our late associate, Dr. John T. Wheeler.
give his services freely without any regard for the
pecuniary returns, and the large majority of his operaFREDERIC C. CURTIS,
tions were done for the poor without pay. The records SHERWOOD V. WHITBECK, of the hospital show 1,600 such operations for appendiHARMON C. GORDINIER, citis alone. In a city where financial success is regarded Committee. too highly he was known to be a man of moderate fees
and one whose first thought was the good of the suf
ferer and not his own profits. In many cases known to ANDREW JAMES MCCOSH, A.M., M.D., LL.D.
the writer, he has never asked for any payment after
successful operations, because on learning more about The medical profession of New York has met his patient he found that the fee might embarrass with a great loss in the sudden death of Dr. A. J. him. It is possible that this liberality was at times McCosh, Clinical Professor of Surgery at the College abused, but he never grudged it, as he found his greatest of Physicians and Surgeons, and Surgeon of the Pres- satisfaction in the good done. And withal his extreme byterian Hospital of New York.
modesty, his unwillingness to put himself forward and He was the grandson of Dr. Alexander Guthrie, for his cordial appreciation of the work and merits of years a prominent surgeon of Edinburgh, and the son others, even of the young members of his house staff, of President James McCosh of Princeton University. at the hospital, added to the devotion of his associates He was born in Belfast in 1858 and came to this coun- and friends. try in 1868, when Dr. James McCosh was called to During the past year he made it a point to gather Princeton. He graduated with honor from Princeton at his office, on one evening in every month, the younger in 1877, and from the College of Physicians and Sur- men connected with the hospital in order to have an geons in New York in 1880. After two years' service informal talk and discussion of the most recent disat the Chambers Street Hospital he went abroad and coveries in Surgery, thus coming into closer contact studied in Vienna under Billroth, at that time the with the staff and with the men who had recently left greatest Surgeon in Europe. On his return he became the hospital service and were starting out in practice. associated with Dr. T. Gaillard Thomas, and for eleven Thus he kept in touch with the young surgeons, many years worked with him.
of whom had been his students or had been studying In 1888 he was appointed an attending Surgeon to abroad under his direction, for by his personal acquaintthe Presbyterian Hospital, and this position he retained ance with the foremost surgeons of Great Britain and up to the day of his death. Three days in the week, the Continent, kept up by his yearly summer trips from two to six o'clock he operated continuously, meet- abroad, he was able to send these young men to the ing serious emergencies as they arose, facing grave Clinics of Europe and secure their admission to many responsibilities as they were presented, undertaking new privileges not opened to the crowd. and original procedures with courage and skill, and The devotion of these men was shown during his accomplishing results of great importance, and so recog- illness, when the hospital was crowded by anxious innized by the surgical profession the world over.
quirers, all eager to offer their services to watch night In the Presbyterian Hospital he held his Clinics, as and day by his bedside, and at his funeral, when there Professor of Clinical Surgery for the New York Poly- assembled in the Church one of the largest bodies of clinic; a Post-graduate School of Medicine until 1895, medical men ever brought together in this City. and from 1895 to the time of his death as Clinical Pro- If it is the greatest reward of a surgeon to advance fessor of the College of Physicians and Surgeons. his science, to secure the admiration, respect and love
As his experience grew he began to contribute to of his associates, to win the devotion of his grateful Medical and Surgical literature, to publish the reports patients, poor and rich, and to be cherished in the of rare and unusual cases. From 1889 to 1908 no year hearts of all who knew him, Dr. McCosh certainly passed in which he did not publish an important article received his reward.
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