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likely to detract from the interest of the main event, I am anxious to know it.
The day of vacuity in medical journalism is passing (not original as I merely added the word medical to an expression found in the editorial pages of Collier's Weekly), and if any of the homeopathic publications which have heretofore done most excellent work, desire to be mentioned in any other than the has been" class, it behooves them to lay aside personal likes and dislikes and talk business without stuttering. M.
QUESTIONABLE METHODS.-The questionable methods of the advertising quack become still more so when the one indulging them happens to be shielded by membership in one or all of the many societies which supposedly shelter only those who live up to the code of ethics laid down by the profession. Among the homeopathic profession it is a pleasure for me to say the form of advertising wherein picture and personal mention is used under the mask of “news' matter in the secular press is of rare occurrence, but so pernicious is the practice becoming among members of the regular school that in a great many of their societies, recently, very vigorous protests have been recorded against this form of professional enterprise. The March issue of American Medical Journalist, under the heading “Medical Tablets in the Halls of Lay Fame” contains a page of innocent appearing "telegrams" and such, along side of which the Peruna, lost-manhood and whirling-spray advertisements are pearls of great price. It only goes to prove that when one "needs-a de mon,” he will resort to almost any method, just so that same method does not call for an outlay of cash, and some do not object to a slight cost just so they get their names before the public.
“SEE EUROPE IF YOU WILL, BUT SEE AMERICA FIRST.”—The foregoing slogan, so we are told, was originated by Col. S. K. Hooper, dean of the railway passenger agents of this western country, and while we may be mistaken in attributing this thoroughly American sentiment to him, we know of no one more likely to coin so complete a compliment to his native
country, and, until convinced that the statement calls for a correction, will make no effort to change it.
The railroads penetrating and permeating Colorado have done more to keep this great state and its wealth of wonderful advantages before the world than all other influences combined, and the energetic efforts being put forth by the representatives of the different lines in arranging schedules, rates, etc., to conform to the convenience, comfort, and, incidentally, the pocketbooks of the public, is convincing evidence to me that they do not intend to leave any legitimate means unemployed whereby the public will be made to see the side favorable to an American tour first. This spells success to Colorado interests for some time, inasmuch as that we have the scenery and other attractions while the railroads stand ready to furnish the most luxurious accommodations to all who may see fit to take advantage of their hospitality.
I would call attention especially of physicians in the East to the roads which have their announcements in this issue of THE CRITIQUE and assure all such that pecial efforts are made by all classes of employes of these lines to contribute to the comfort and pleasure of their patrons; ladies traveling alone and invalids invariably coming in for special and courteous attention.
For the first time in the history of this country, a definition of the practice of medicine has been given from the bench. Judge Joseph I. Green, in the City Court (New York), has defined it as follows: "The practice of medicine is the exercise or performance of any act, by or through the use of any thing or matter, or by things done, given or applied, whether with or without the use of drugs or medicine, and whether with or without fee therefor, by a person holding himself or herself out as able to cure disease, with a view to relieve, heal or cure, and having for its object the prevention, healing, remedying, cure or alleviation of the disease.” Another recent ruling upon the same subject has been made in Iowa as follows: “A person shall be held as practicing medicine who publicly professes to heal or cure disease or ailments of the human body if such profession be made under circumstances as to indicate that it is made with a view of undertaking to cure the afflicted."-Cleveland Medical and Surgical Reporter.
A Manual of Materica Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacology.-With
Clinical Index. By A. L. Blackwood, M. D., Professor of Materia Medica and Clinical Medicine in the Hahnemann Medical College of Chicago. 592 pages, Flexible leather, gilt edges, round corrers. $3.50. Postage 6 cents. Philadelphia. Boericke & Tafel. 1906.
This little gem of a book deserves everything which may be said in its favor, and very little, if any, which may be otherwise. Students in homeopathic medicine will find the preface of the work a good initial lecture itself; in fact there is not a dull page in the whole book and the section devoted to "The Management of Cases of Poisoning" is of rare value. We do not wish to be understood that the worth of the book ends with this feature inasmuch as we consider that Dr. Blackwood has given the profession a work which, of its class, is the 'peer of all other publications.
HOMEOPATHIC MEDICAL SOCIETY OF OHIO.
The forty-second annual session of the Homeopathic Medical So ciety of Ohio will be held at Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 8th and 9th, 1906.
The opening session will be held on Tuesday at 1 p. m., thus enabling every physician in the state to attend with but two days absence from home.
In order to become a member of the American Institute it is now necessary to be a member of your state association and a member of the state society may become a member of the Institute without paying an initiation fee.
The way to advance Homeopathy in Ohio is to become an active member of the state society. Therefore BE PRESENT.
On Tuesday evening, at the Hartman hotel, the Columbus physicians will entertain the visitors with an elaborate banquet, to which you are cordially invited.
This hotel will be headquarters and its magnificent parlors used as the place of meeting. Rates $1.50 per day up, European plan. Midday luncheon, 50 cents.
Programs will be sent to the members. For application blanks or further information address the secretary.
G. J. JONES, M. D., President.
PUNGENT POINTS AND PERSONAL PARAGRAPHS.
A bill has been introduced into the New York Le ture repealing the act calling for compulsory vaccination in the schools.
Dr. J. Wylie Anderson, managing man of The Critique, spent a day on his ranch the fore part of last month.
A very interesting letter from our friend Kraft of recent date advises us of his slow, but sure, return to health. Praises be.
The Pacific Coast Journal of Homeopathy disclaims any intention to cut down in size; trimming off the edge a trifle was all.
The April meeting of the Denver Homeopathic Club was an open clinical meeting, according to the program issued by the society.
Kraft apologised to Progress in his last issue for saying something for which he was not a bit sorry; fact of the matter is, there wasn't anything to be sorry for.
Northwestern Medicine, Seattle, Washington, St. Louis Medical Review, Georgia Physician and J. A. M. A., all “holler" against the advertising quack. Good eye.
H. C. Allen's name still appears at the head of the editorial page of Medical Advance, notwithstanding we announced his retirement some time ago. Mistake.
The Kansas City Forum asks the question: "How large a foreign body can a two-year-old pass through the alimentary tract?" Base balls are not uncommon.
Dr. J. Copeland Stinson, former commissioner of health of the city of San Francisco, was among the number killed in the recent calamity which befell that city.
Professor William R. Welch, M. D., professor of gynecology in the Denver Homeopathic College, was married February 12, 1906, to Miss Effie Buckley of Cosad, Nebraska.
Dr. Blackwood's little manual of Materia Medica should be in the hands of every practicing physician and student in medicine throughout the country.
Dr. Burr was fortunate to have returned from his trip to Cali. fornia before the trouble in that territory took place. He took charge of the Denver Homeopathic the first of this month.
Henry B. Strickler, Bishop of the Mennonite Church, brother
of Dr. David A. Strickler of this city, died at his home in Waynes. boro, Pennsylvania, April 4, 1906. Dr. Strickler attended the funeral.
The Homeopathic Hospital of the city of Washington, D. C., has recently dedicated a new building, modern and up-to-date in every respect, according to the "Washington Notes" in April Medical Century.
George J. Kindel, the champion of equitable freight rates for Denver, contends that pure mattresses are just as essential to the health and happiness of the communtiy as pure food. Mr. K. makes mattresses.
Wonder why the name of Hampden Homeopathic Hospital at Springfield, Massachusetts, was changed to Wesson Memorial Hospital? The example of the hospital authorities at Denver seems contagious. -Medical Century.
Messrs. Boericke & Taefel are the agents for the United States for Dr. J. H. Clarke's Dictionary of Materia Medica, a three-volume work recently published in London. The price is $16.00 in cloth; $18.00 in half Morocco; expressage extra.
Dr. Ralph W. Avery thanks the Medical Examining Board of California, through columns of Pacific Coast Journal of Homeopathy, for giving him a “square deal.” Are the deals of this department ever considered otherwise? Evidently yes.
Gustave A. Mueller, Allegahny; C. S. Middleton, Philadelphia; H. M. Bunting, Norristown; these three homeopathic physicians have been appointed on the Board of Medical Examiners to represent the Homeopathic Medical Society of Per nia.
According to an item in March issue of Medical Counselor, there are over ten thousand epileptic patients confined in the various insane asylums and poor farms of Illinois who receive no skilled attention, many of whom can be cured.
A decidedly interesting paper that, “Retroflection of the Uterus," read before the Southern California Medical Society at its last meeting by Dr. Willella Howe Waffle, and published in March issue of Pacific Coast Journal of Homeopathy.
The Critique regrets very much to announce that Dr. Orr, a prominent homeopathic physician of one of our suburbs, Barnum, has been very ill during the past six weeks. We are glad to say that he is improving slowly and will soon be able to resume his practice.