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THE KENTUCKY STATE MEDICAL SOCIETY.
Elsewhere in this issue we publish a brief account of the business transactions of the meeting at Maysville, and later will follow the report made by our own stenographer.
While the programme was unusually rich, the attendance was beneath expectation, showing on the part of the profession of the State a lamentable lack of interest in an organization that should be our representative medical body.
The address of retiring president Mathews (p. 421) calls attention to this degenerative tendency and suggests a remedy which must commend itself to all who have the good of the State Society at heart. The plan is, in brief, to remodel our Constitution and By-laws so to put the society upon a working basis similar to that of the State of Indiana. The scheme upon which the physicians of our neighbor State have built up a society whose annual meetings have an average attendance of 1,500 members or about one half the number of the entire medical profession of the State, is embodied in the following sections of the Indiana State Medical Society Constitution :
Section i reads: "Any incorporated county medical society whose constitution embraces the objects of this Constitution and the Code of Ethics of the American Medical Association, shall, upon application, become auxiliary to the State Society, and shall be entitled to one delegate for every
five members and one for every additional fraction of more than half this number."
“Section 5. Every county society shall, at least thirty days before the annual meeting of the State Society, make a full and correct catalogue of its members in good standing at the time and transmit the same at once to the secretary of the State Society .. and no one not a member in good standing in his county society can be a member of the State Society."
A portion of Section 10 reads: “Regarding the appointment of delegates to the American Medical Association, the several county societies shall be required, at the time of appointing their delegates to this society, to nominate and forward to the secretary the names of the delegates to the American Medical Association, the number of such nominations to be governed by the rules of said Association, and all the nominations shall be confirmed by the State Society."
The meaning of these rules is that the physicians of the counties must establish vigorous local societies which will naturally on the basis of representation suggested build up and support the State organization.
The scheme is most commendable and in perfect logic, since there can be no live and representative state body without vigorous local bodies to put life into it. “The stream can rise no higher than its fountain.” It is to be hoped that no time will be lost in organizing and putting upon a working basis these county societies.
Notes and Queries.
KENTUCKY STATE MEDICAL SOCIETY.—The forty-third annual meeting of the State Society was held in the Knights Templar hall, Maysville, May 11, 12, and 13, 1898, with Dr. Joseph M. Mathews in the chair. The morning session of the first day was given over to reports of the various committees. An evening popular session was also held on this day in the First Baptist church. The President ascended the pulpit and delivered the annual address. He was followed by Lyman Beecher Todd, of Lexington, who spoke on Preventive Medicine and Allied Sciences.
At the close of the evening session of the second day the visiting doctors and their ladies were given a reception in the large hall of the Knights Templar building.
On motion of Dr. McCormack a committee was appointed to drast a suitable memorial upon th eath of Dr. David W. Yandell, the memorial to be published in the next volume of the Society's Transactions,
A resolution was also adopted urging the Kentucky representatives in Congress to take up the fight against the antivivisection bill now pending.
The officers for the following year are: President, Dr. David Barrow Lexington; First Vice-President, Dr. H. R. Adamson, Maysville; Second Vice-President, B. L. Coleman, Lexington; Third Vice-President, C. W. Aitken, Flemingsburg; Librarian, Dr. B. W. Smock, Louisville. Louisville was selected as the next place of meeting.
A committee, consisting of Drs. J. N. McCormack, John A. Lewis, and Henry E. Tuley, presented an amendment to the constitution embodying the plan of reorganization suggested by the president in his annual address. The question will be voted upon at the next annual meeting.
A SONNET ON CALOMEL
COMPILED BY H. L. K.
-Bulletin Am. Acad. Med.
THE TREATMENT OF TAPEWORM.—The Gazette hebdomadaire de medecine et de chirurgie for March 6th credits the following to E. Chamberlin (New York Medical Journal): R Alcohol containing ten per cent of chloroform,
15 M. Half a tablespoonful to be taken every hour. Before beginning the use of this mixture the patient should take castor oil or magnesium sulphate, and as soon as a purgative effect is produced the mixture may be taken. For very young subjects, for example, children two years old, the formula may be modified as follows:
R Alcohol containing ten per cent of chloroform,
each, 2 parts;
The Divine HEALER ON TOP. -- The Kansas State Board of Health recently applied to the attorney-general for a decision concerning the en
forcing of the medical-practice law in that State. The legal luminary cogitated for a while, and then delivered the opinion that the magnetic healers and the hypnotists and all other quacks except divine healers can be prosecuted, but adds that the divine healers claim their power to come from Jehovah, and that, as he understands it, the rights and privileges of Jehovah can in no way be regulated or restricted by the statutes of Kansas.-Medical Record.
ICHTHYOL RUBBER PLASTERS.- The following formulæ are attributed to Schneegans and Corneille ( Journal de medecine de Paris, February 13, 1898 (New York Medical Journal):
The COMMUNICATION OF VENEREAL DISEASE A CRIMINAL OFFENSE. A measure is just being discussed before the German Reichstag, whose purpose is the prevention of the spread of venereal disease. Any one found guilty of having communicated a venereal disease to another shall be punishable by fine and imprisonment. Certain circumstances are considered to mitigate the offense, especially in the married, and when the disease has been innocently acquired. It is an attempt to solve a difficult social question from another point of view than that from which it is usually approached.-Philadelphia Medical Journal.
LEFT-HANDEDNESS CURED BY SUGGESTION.- Rothschild (Jahrbuchre fur Psychiatrie, xvi, 3; Wiener klinische Wochenschrift, March 10, 1898,) relates the case of a left-handed girl, four years old, well developed and of a healthy family, whom he cured by hypnotizing her and suggesting to her to use her right hand. She began at once to use the right hand oftener than the left, and at the time of the report, two years and a half later, she continued right-handed.-New York Medical Journal.
LOUISVILLE MEDICO-CHIRURGICAL SOCIETY.-At the regular annual meeting of the Louisville Medico-Chirurgical Society, May 20, 1898, the following officers were duly elected for the ensuing year:
President, Dr. Thomas Hunt Stucky; Vice-President, Dr. John Mason Williams; Secretary and Treasurer, Dr. Louis Frank.
Certainly it is excellent discipline for an author to feel that he must say all he has to say in the fewest possible words, or his reader is sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words, or his reader will certainly misunderstand them. Generally, also, a downright fact may be told in a plain way; and we want downright facts at present more than any thing else.--RUSKIN.
TREATMENT OF DIPHTHERIA.*
BY S. G. DABNEY, M. D. Clinical Lecturer on Diseases of Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat, Hospital College of Medicine, Louisville, K’y.
In the following paper on the treatment of diphtheria especial attention will be paid to serum therapy and to intubation, partly because these are our inost important therapeutic resources and partly because the writer, confining his practice to an exclusive specialty, has been most frequently engaged in cases in which the measures were demanded. The subject may be divided into, first, Prophylaxis, second, Treatment of Nasal and Pharyngeal Diphtheria, third, Treatment of Laryngeal Diphtheria, including intubation.
First, Prophylaxis. Undoubledly many cases of diphtheria are caused by withdrawing quarantine from the convalescent while the germs of the disease are still in the throat. The most scientific way to determine this is by examination for the Klebs-Loeffler bacillus. It is well to have several examinations made, and of course to avoid using an antiseptic at this time. In a great number of cases, however, the aid of a skillful bacteriologist can not be obtained. In such the advice of Holt (1), to continue quarantine ten days in mild, and three weeks in severe cases, after the membrane has disappeared, is doubtless wise. The importance of a well-ventilated room and of sunlight, both as therapeutic measures and to prevent infection of the apartment, have long been recognized clinically; and Pittsfield (2) has
* Read at the meeting of the Kentucky State Medical Society, Maysville, Ky., May 12, 1898.