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president, the photo being from the famous B. Clayton and C. R. Reynolds, subjects **Zita' studio of Wien, which no doubt ac- unannounced; Dr. W. S. Chaplin, Progress counts for the strong foreign characteris- of Medicine; Dr. S. Grover Burnett, Evil tics noticeable in the face. However, Dr. of Petty Politics in Medicine; Dr. W. B. Spencer declares he is still loyal to the Russ, Public Health Service Movement; United States, and will devote his energies Dr. Frank Paschal, Past, Present and to making this year a banner one for the Future of the Bexar County Medical Sociacademy.


Sixty-five covers were laid and the good

fellowship of Texas was manifest. THE BEXAR COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY. The Bexar County Medical Society,

THE PRESIDENT-ELECT organized in 1853, the oldest and largest Dr. Thomas Dorbant, San Antonio, Tex., county society in Texas, met in annua. graduate of the Burnett High School of session at the St. Anthony, San Antonio, December 17th. It proved a harmony meeting free from medical politics, so often found limiting the membership and broader usefulness of many local medical organizations.

On first ballot Dr. Thomas Dorbant was unanimously elected president. The other officers who were also elected by acclamation are: Vice-president, Dr. Conn Milburn; secretary, Dr. W. H. Hargis; treasurer, Dr. L. B. Jackson; delegate to the State Medical Association, Dr. C. D. Dixon, the retiring president, and alternate, Dr. R. L. Dinwiddie. Dr. Frank Paschal was re-elected censor for the next three years.

Previous to the election of officers, a committee composed of Dr. William E. Luter, Dr. Hugh McIntosh and Dr. F. J. Combe was appointed to draft resolutions of condolence because of the death of Dr. Charles W. Trueheart. Dr. W. A. King, chairman of the board of control of the State Medical Association, spoke on the by-law to the association providing for legal assistance to practitioners who are sued for malpractice, and explained the assistance which the State organization would afford to physicians who are made the subjects of such suits. Dr. Hargis, secretary of the society, re

DR. THOMAS DORBANT ported that the membership totaled 166,

Texas; of Washington University, Medica with an average attendance of fifty, as

Department, St. Louis, Mo., 1897; presicompared with thirty-five of the preceding dent of the San Angelo Texas District year. Dr. Watts, of the legislative commit- Medical Society, 1908; president of the tee, reported that thirty-six cases of illegal

Texas State Association of Medical Secrepractice had been investigated, of which

taries, 1911; president of the Washington number seventeen were tried and all but two

University Alumni Association, 1911; twice convicted. Following the business session a five

secretary and now president of the Bexar

County Medical Society; medical superincourse dinner was served in the St. Anthony

tendent of the Lake Side Sanitarium. tapestry dining room, Dr. L. K. Beck presiding as toastmaster. The medical officers

TEXAS MEDICAL NEWS. of Fort Sam Houston, Drs. W. S. Chaplin, The State of Texas granted a charter to former head of Washington University, St. the National Tuberculosis Sanitarium Louis, Mo., and S. Grover Burnett of Kan- Association December 18th. While pay pasas City, Mo., were guests of the society. tients will be received it is to be a charitThe after-dinner speakers were: Majors J. able institution.

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Dr. W. H. Carter, of Poolville, Tex., was

Heraldings shot to death by a fellow-townsman December 15th.

War's only excuse from European Dr. J. W. Guinn and Miss Josie French

school book. Guess who? of Palestine, Texas, were married at Waco, Huxley compared the physician to a chess Texas, December 15th.

player. The physician has opposite him an The county of Bexar and city of San antagonist who must some day win a deAntonio, Texas, are preparing to build a

cisive game--that unseen player watches large modern general hospital.

every move, he makes no haste, he plays

fair, but while he makes no mistakes himDr. J. W. Carhart, inventor of the first self, he inexorably exacts the full penalty automobile, died at San Antonio, Texas, for every mistake of the physician-and the December 21, at the age of 84 years.

physician does not know all the rules of the Dr. C. W. Trueheart of Galveston, 77 game. years of age, a respected physician, a fre

Mr. Benson's remedy for war is radical, quent contributor to medical literature, a

amusing, and perhaps effective. He would surgeon of the Confederate and Franco

not give the power to declare war even to Prussian wars, died at his home December Congress, but would have the people vote 14th.

on it. In case war was decided upon, those The state law of Texas providing for who voted for it should go first to the front. lunatics to be tried by a jury of physicians No one who voted against, would have to was declared by Judge Masterson of the take up arms until every voter for war had Fifty-fifth District Court to be unconstitu- enlisted. “If no war could take place withtional, ruling that such trials must be out at least 8,000,000 affirmative votes, before juries in the regular way.

says Mr. Benson, each represeuting a man Miss Hedda Burgemeister, a trained

who, in case of conflict must, if called upon nurse of San Antonio, Tex., was indicted join the army, there is no chance whatever December 15th by the grand jury for the

that any of those opposed to war would death of Otto Koehler, president of the San

ever have to fight. No nation ever assemAntonio Brewing Co., November 12th.

bleil an army of 8,000,000 men. We should Miss Burgemeister is reported to have said

even take further measures to enable the that she did the shooting in self-defense.

fire eaters to eat the fire. We should com

pel each writer who urges aggressive war Dr. Geo. H. Moody, superintendent of the to sign his articles, and we should compel Moody Sanitarium for mental and nervous the publisher of such articles to send diseases, San Antonio, Texas, has continued

marked copies of his publications to the to purchase and add additional grounds to War Department. We should compel each his beautifully parked lawns till it embraces public speaker and each member of Consome twelve acres in the city suburb. The

gress who urges aggressive war to file distribution of isolated buildings, carefully notice of such fact with the War Depart. classifying the patients, are arranged so ment. In case fire eating gentlemen should that all classes of patients have access to so inflanie the people that a majority of large tropical lawns the year round without them should vote for war, the writers, contact. This institution is a credit to Dr.

speakers, and congressmen who urged war Moody and the profession.

should be sent to the front ahead of everybody else and compelled to lead all ba yonet

charges, storm all forts and, in all cases, be Jackson County Election.-At the annual nearest the enemy's guns. They should meeting, December 1, 1914, the following not be permitted to be officers, whatever officers were elected: President, J. M. their heroism or military ability. Officers Frankenburger; vice-president, W. J. Frick; of the higher sort usually sit back a few secretary, R. E. Castelaw; treasurer, W. F. miles at the end of a telegraph wire where Kuhn; members of the House of Delegates there is no particular danger. Gentlemen to the Missouri State Medical Association, who urge offensive war, by voice or pen, to serve for two years: Delegates: N. P. should be kept in the ranks and given the Wood, Jabez N. Jackson, Robert McE. fullest opportunity to glut their thirst for Schauffler, David E. Broderick; alternates: gore."

P.I.L. C. Lester Hall, C. C. Conover, Richard L. Sutton, J. Q. Chambers. Executive Council "Prostatectomy should never be consid-two members, to serve for three years: ered

as an emergency operation.”-F. C. B. A. Poorman, Franklin E. Murphy. Walsh.

Song Sermons

universal space of the cobwebs of selfish

ness which have obscured the skies of G. HENRI BOGART, M. D., Paris, Ill.

progress. The suffering is awful beyond

comprehension, but the result will be for ALL'S WELL.

aggregated happiness, for the compensatThere's a planet Aoats, through blue ether, far, ing balance swings athwart the zenith. Whence the children seek out the brightest star,

When one has a severe toothache he has Ere the Sandman sends them to bed in Mars, That soft splendid orb, their first twilight shows,

the dentist to extract it; when a burrowing Is our Earth in space, with its weight of woes,

ulcer gnaws into the living tissues, the Seen from thence, white, pure, and the Queen of surgeon cuts it away; the operation is painStars.

ful, with an ultimate result of freedom There's a castle reared in a city old

from pain. Though the war bring unWhose tall, traceried turrets, glinting gold

speakable suffering, the aggregate will be Like fine, fairy fretwork, Aling far, high;

for a better, sweeter humanity, for the In the dank below, lost to sight and sound, Great, gray granite blocks, lie, together bound

preparation for war bulks bigger in the end Bearing beauty high, while they grov'ling lie.

than does the present evil.

Good grows from evil, else Omnipotence There's a lotus lights the lone Lybian lake, Whose glad gleaming grace, all of soul-thirsts

were a failure! slakeSo wise Magi learned, when the world was youngIn putrescent ooze, writhing, rough roots choose That bright joy, perfumed, the pearled blooms diffuse,

An old man was given a bath in AtchiThough the miry source be unguessed, unsung. son, Kas., the other day, the first he had There's a man who wrought, with fell purpose base,

taken in more than 27 years, and he now What gave great, grand good to the time and race,

lies in a hospital at the point of death. And his fame spreads wide, as men's plaudits go: Alas, all efforts to force modern sanitation While the one who gave, from his soul and heart, upon our neighboring city seem fraught The pure thought, in love, whence the deed did

with disaster. start, 'Neath a nameless stone, sleeps where none may

Pathogenesis of Sympathetic Ophthalknow.

mia.-Deutschmann (Ophthalmoscope, Just now we are in the midst of the per- Nov., 1913) after giving a brief review of sonified ideal of war, war such as the world the subject, draws the following concluof inen has never before known, and will sions: “The results of my experiments and perchance never parallel. Nation after na- investigations on the pathogenesis of symtion has plunged into the crimson vortex, pathetic ophthalmia may be summed up as each has applied all of the best of science, follows: i. I have succeeded by inoculaof accumulated acumen and advancement to tion with particles taken from the choroid the gentle art of wholesale murder, until of a human eye affected with sympathetic we stagger, gasping in vain endeavor to ophthalmia in producing genuine sympa

, comprehend. Newer and more and more thetic ophthalmia in monkeys and rabbits. deadly weapons have flashed into the arena, 2. I believe that the exciting cause of mechanical, electrical and chemical, until sympathetic ophthalmia is a Gram-positive the wildest dreams of Jules Verne are but diplococcus; possibly a modified sarcina. 3. as penny pieces in a bank vault; but out of The second eye becomes diseased when the it all will come good.

bacteria succeed in passing from the first Ella Wheeler Wilcox says:

eye into the lymph channels of the first Great evil and great good, twin born, I hold,”

optic nerve past the optic chiasma and

through the lymph spaces of the second and Pope avers that,

nerve into the orbit. 4. The course of the “Whatever is, is right."

bacteria passing from the eye into the optic

lymph spaces and vice versa, is a twofold To doubt the ultimate good of anything is one; either direct from the choroid into the to set your puny finite intelligence against intervaginal space, or along the anterior the infinity of the All-Wisdom of Omnipo- ciliary vessels from the eyeball, around it, tence. Beauty and grace and sweetness within the musculature of the orbit, and spring from the most unlikely sources. eventually back of the eye along the cen

Should the war go to the limit, it will tral vessels into the spaces of the optic mean the end of the fallacy of "Armed nerve, and vice versa. 5. The chronic inPeace," wherein the best of brain and flammatory changes in the meninges conbrawn is burned on the altar of the war sist of circumscribed foci, and cause no god; it will mean the sweeping out into general symptoms."

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DISILLUSIONIZING WAR EXPERIENCES. and it was impossible at present to depart
During August and September a number

from their custom.
of American physicians rushed over to Eng-

The next recourse was the Red Cross,
land to take part in the great struggle,

and here various objections were interposed,
hoping to get a surgical experience that but finally a large number were put into
would make them famous in the future.

service and sent to the front. It was under-
Many of them were provided with certifi- stood that their work was purely voluntary.
cates and diplomas of who they were and

Whatever service they did, or accidents
what they had done, and expected to be

that followed their work, the government
sent, received and assigned in the course of

would be in no way responsible. The
a very hours. Then came a long period of physician must look after himself, and that
waiting. The War office declared that his position would be little better than
there was a large waiting list, but some

that of a paid employer or a stretcher-
inside information indicated there was a

great scarcity of medical men. By and by Some of the more enthusiastic men ac-
the edict of the War Department was that cepted these terms and went to the front,
they would adhere to their former customs and here they met with a new experience.
of not taking any one in the medical depart. Instead of being employed in the hospitals
ment, who did not possess an English in the rear out of danger, they were put
degree, or a degree that was recognized by on the firing line, where their duties were
the government authorities. Then the next to administer the first aid to the wounded.
statement was that the government had When not employed liere, they were in
never recognized any American degrees, the field hospitals doing temporary work,
assisting in major and minor operations or means possible and to conserve health. It the transference of patients farther inland. may engage in various activities which

While there was no friction between them have these ends in view. At present the and the regular army officers, it was evident agency most needed in St. Joseph for the that they were taking all the risks, and control and treatment of disease is a medihaving no claims on the government for cal laboratory, and so this will be the hospital service in the case of injury or first work to which the Foundation will disease except of the most temporary address itself. character.

The Foundation is under the auspices of One of these enthusiastic men had his the Southern Methodist Church, but is not arm blown off by a shell, and as he was sectarian. In fact it is unique in that five simply a Red Cross physician, he was of the fifteen members cannot be members entitled to but limited care and attention. of that denomination. This prevents secHe secured free transportation back to tarianism and gives membership on the England, and then borrowed money to get board of control to other churches and to home to America, and his native town. capable men who may be members of no Whether he will be the great surgical hero church. Church hospitals and social instiof that section in the future, remains to be tutions do not have this provision, but are seen.

exclusively controlled by the church operatAs the days go by, it is apparent that ing them. A medical laboratory is a public he field hospital and firing line surgeons utility of such importance that the members are in as dangerous a position as the men of the Foundation believe the public at in the trenches, and in some instances the large should have a voice in its managemortality is very unusual.

ment. Whatever the surgeon may have picked It is the function of a medical laboratory up from his first aid to the wounded, and to study by all known scientific methods stored away in his note book, it was very the solids, fluids and parasites of the evident that the expense and peril at which human body and to relate the information he accomplished this were terribly extrava. thus gained to the cure and prevention of gant.

disease. The scientific practice of mediSeveral of these surgeons after a few cine depends upon it. Without it the diagweeks experience of this kind have gone nosis of diphtheria cannot be made, the back to England or to the hospitals in the diseases of the blood determined, or the neighborhood of Paris and accepted menial presence of syphilis established or a thoupositions; where they understood the sand other things done for the saving of life. French language, they have been warmly The laboratory has come into common use welcomed, but in the English hospitals, in fighting diseases of the lower animals, especially in the rear, there is a large but its use in human disease is very limited number of detached medical men and stu- at present because so few exist or are availdents who are filling all the available able to the great mass of the people. places. It is evident that the American There is a splendid veterinary laboratory surgeons will return, with experience, but and a splendid serum plant in St. Joseph not of the kind that they expected, and that offering every facility to sick cows, horses war, like many other things, will bring and hogs, but no adequate medical laboradisillusions that had better be at home, tory facilities are available for sick men, than in a foreign country.

T.D.C. sick women and sick children.

The incorporators of the Foundation follow: W. A. Bodenhausen, W. C. Bender,


glas, W. F. Goetze, Percy Johnson, Dr. W. FOR HEALTH CONSERVATION.

H. Minton, Dr. Daniel Morton and the A progressive movenient in the work of Rev. B. P. Taylor, St. Joseph; Paul M. solving health problems is recognized in Culver, Gower; M. H. Moore, Macon; Ira the formation of this Foundation. It is Richardson, Maryville; W. L. Scarborough, the direct result of several years faithful Macon, and A. C. Zumbrunnen, Columbia. service on the part of Dr. Daniel Morton Officers elected: W. A. Bodenhausen, of St. Joseph, who inaugurated the move- president; Rev. B. P. Taylor, vice-presiment in a paper read before the Medical dent; Dr. Daniel Morton, secretary; W. F. Society of the Missouri Valley at Council Goetze, treasurer. The five officers and S. Bluffs, September 1912.

S. Connett, directors.
As its name indicates, the purpose of this
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