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COLLEOK COMMBKCEMSNT8. 688^

2. Rhinoplastio Sargery, by Daniel F. Sallivan, M. D., Hart-
ford, Conn.

3. Some Experiences, by Howard L. Hunt, M. D., Orchard
Park, N. Y.

The exercises incident to the conferring of degrees were held
at the Academy of Music, commencing at 8 o'clock p. m. On the-
stage were seated the Rt. Rev. Stephen Y. Ryan, D. D., the Rev.
Henry Elliott Mott, pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church,,
members of the faculty of the medical department and of the
university and guests from out of town.

The ceremonies began with a valedictory address by Harlow
C. Curtiss, Esq., professor of medical jurisprudence. [To be pub-
lished.] Upon the conclusion of Prof.' Curtiss's address, Dr. John
Cronyn administered the usual pledge, differing in form from the
Hippocratic oath, to the graduates. This was followed by the
conferring of degrees by the Chancellor, the Rt. Rev. Bishop
Ryan, by hooding the candidates, an ancient rite which is practised
in many foreign universities.

The graduates to receive diplomas this year were Greorge
Edward Albon, Robert Jacob Baxter, Buffalo ; Francis Joseph
Carr, Greenwood ; Jasper Glenn Ernest, Lockport ; Fred. S. Hoff-
man, Johnson's Creek ; Max Kaiser, Edward Edwin Koehler, Earl
Perkins Lothrop, Daniel Vincent McClure, Buffalo ; Francis Wil-
liam McGuire, Mount Forest, Ont.; James William Nash, Henry
Osthues, Buffalo ; Jeremiah Henry Walsh, Curtiss ; Henry James
Williams, Buffalo.

The graduates upon whom were bestowed special honors this
year were Earl Perkins Lothrop, Max Kaiser and Fred S. Hoffman.
Among the graduates in whom more than ordinary interest was
felt by his friends and those who understood the obstacles that he
has had to overcome, was Henry James Wilson, who has pursued
his medical studies while employed by the Government as one of
the mounted night collectors of mail for the PostoflSce.

After the bestowal of degrees, the address to the graduates
was delivered by the Rev. Henry Elliott Mott who quickly
aroused the interest and enthusiasm of the audience by saying that
physicians are a handy thing to have around once in a while and
that he hoped to clinch his hold on them in the unfolding of his
theme, which he should entitle, Damon and Pythias, or the Physi-
cian and the Parson. He had meant, he said, to introduce a third
functionary in the person of an undertaker, but had concluded to



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leave bim out. Taking the physician and the parson as his theme,
the speaker delivered an address of absorbing interest, in which
frequent flashes of wit illamined his words of wisdom. His plea
was for optimism and a perfect trust in God. The soul, he said,
is as sensitive to influences as are the muscles, and he urged the
graduates before him not to give away to materialistic philosophy.
The exercises were concluded with a few words from the chan-
oellor, the Rt. Rev. Bishop Ryan.

Then followed the annual banquet at the Tifft House, where
the faculty, graduates and invited guests, to the number of about
eighty, sat down to tables laden with good things and handsomely
decorated. There were present, as guests of the Association, the
members of the Board of Medical Examiners, including Dr. F. W.
Ross, of £lmira; Dr. Morris N. Bemis, of Jamestown, and Dr.
Edward Torrey, of Allegany. Among the toasts responded to
were : Niagara University, by the Rev. L. A. Grace ; The Press, by
F. W. Kendall ; The War of the Experts, by Dr. John A. Miller;
The Medical Profession, by Dr. Byron H. Daggett ; The Bald-headed
Man in Physics, by Dr. Carlton C. Frederick ; The Graduating
Class, by Dr. Max Kaiser.

Dr. Daggett's response to the medical profession, teeming with
wit and brilliancy, is worthy of preservation, and we herewith
reproduce it in full :

An invitation to respond at the banquet of the Alumni Associa-
tion of the University of Niagara was suflSciently flattering to
overcome my prudence, and I promptly accepted. A little reflec-
tion caused me to repent of my rash promise to attempt to say
something new, useful or interesting upon such a subject and to
such ap audience. The theme is so comprehensive that its contem-
plation appalled me, and I resolved to follow the example of Nasby
who was announced to lecture on the Babes in the Wood, and
never said a word about the babes.

Having disposed of the subject, the audience still confronts me,
and the only apparent means of escape was a request to the toast-
master not to call upon me until you had reached such a degree
of hilarity that you would kindly receive stumbling rhetoric and
«tale humor.

It is stated that medicine is co6val with man, which reminds
me that once upon a time I read of the escapade in the garden,
which brought disaster upon our kind, sent our progenitors house-
hunting, and made them so ashamed that they covered themselves
with a fig leaf. This established a precedent for Anthony Comstock.

In due time after the installation of the lares and pennates of
this first family in their new home, the good husband and prospec-



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tive father, during the still hours of the night, was nudged in the
floating ribs and told to telephone the doctor. There is no evi-
dence that there were skilled obstetricians at that time, as the
Medical Department of the University of Niagara had not yet been
instituted.

The kind husband evidently administered during this laborious
affair, ligated and severed the cord of life, and dropped the << tiny
feather from the wing of love into the sacred lap of motherhood."
Thus the ancient or^in of obstetrical art is established and given
most honorable precedent. As this little ootsy-tootsy waxed and
grew strong, he, like the modern article, got wind on his stomach,
causing tormina and midnight uproar, which were soothed by cat-
nip tea and anise, and we have the beginning of pediatrics.

The record of the profession during the following ante-
diluvian ages is shrouded in the mists of antiquity. Medicine
had its birthright in the ancient continent, that breeder of epi-
demics, that land of dead civilizations and living barbarisms, that
mother of religions and home of idolaters, whose 800,000,000 of
tawny inhabitants vegetate in a pall of mental torpor, whose great-
ness is moldering in musty sepulture, or towers in broken columns
and crumbling capitals in desert wastes, — stony epics of the olden
time ! — dread harbingers of fate, giving out Memuonian oracles
from the else forgotten past.

We find in the debris of these dead civilizations, and in the
relics of prehistoric races, abundant evidence of the beneficent
activity of the doctor. Lithotomy is older than Hippocrates ;
mercury, sulphur and stramonium were known long before the
days of Esculapius and Galen ; long before hundred-gated Thebes
had blessed the world with her cult, or Nineveh had donned her
swaddling clothes.

. The late doctor, Madam Semiramis, Queen of Assyria, was the
inventor of orchidectomy and mother of andrology. Andrology
has lagged in the procession of the specialties, gynecology is win-
ning the honors and emoluments, but the female physician is abroad
in the land, and should she specialize andrology she would find
hosts of weeping tubes which bode suppurating woe in Fallopian
ways; anticipate and forestall oophorectomy by doing orchidec-
tomy as a sanitary measure. Posthetomy is as old as the Jews
and was common in Egyptian civilization.

Ricord said that in the beginning the heavens, the earth, man
and venereal diseases were created, and ancient history shows that
devotees of Venus early sought penance at the throne of Mercury.
Moses as a sanitary measure commanded the slaughter of 24,000
people who had worshiped at the shrine of Baal-Peor. The mod-
ern Moses is less sanguinary in his methods ; he leads not the
infected to slaughter by the sword ; he pickles the infection by
baptism in bromin.

We read in sacred history of the good doctor Luke, whose
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«orely afflicted in the feet. He sought not the Lord, bat the
physicians, and Asa slept with his fathers.

A wise physician, skilled our wounds to heal ;
Is more than armies to the public weal —

sang the poet of the Trojan war.

During the late Civil War, our victorious armies marched
safely through the malarious valleys of the South- attended by the
iskilled Yankee doctor, who was indeed << more than armies to the
public weal." Paul F. Eve, medical director of the Confederate
Army, stated that the want of quinine contributed powerfully to
the overthrow of the Confederate forces, and that he tried, in
vain, sixty substitutes for this remedy. Ben Butler and his medi-
-cbX staff made New Orleans a respectful and healthful city in
spite of the rebel confession and boast that yellow jack was
mightier than Confederate hosts.

Westward the course of medicine, like empire, takes its way,
:and its grandest triumphs have risen in Western civilization.
William Pepper asserted at the Pan-American Medical Congress
that medicine had advanced more in the past twenty years than in
the previous 2,000.

Unfortunately modern medicine is hampered by " isms " and
^* pathies." The so-called allopathic or regular system is truly
-eclectic and accepts any rational remedy, whether derived from
the earth, the air, or the waters under the earth, — a platform
broad enough for all.

The homeopathic system, sir, just suits me to a tittle,
Anyhow, it proves of physic you caunot take too little ;
If it be good in all complaints to take a dose so small,
It must be better still to take no dose at all.

The following gems are taken from the American HomeopcUhist
for April, 1893 :—

If patient has head always turned to one side, cina is indicated.

If patient sleeps with knees apart, chamomilla.

If patient sleeps with legs stretched out at full length, Pulsatilla
and rhus are indicated.

If patient bends the head forward, staphisagara ; if backward,
hyoscyamus.

If patients lie with hands on the abdomen, Pulsatilla.

If patient sleeps with one le'g drawn up and the other stretched out,
stannum is indicated. ( I am not up enough in therapeutics to know
whether tin draws up stretch ed-out legs, or stretches out drawn-up
legs.)

If a woman sleeps with her hands over her head, Pulsatilla.

If a man sleeps with his hands over his head, nux.

If a patient has a cold red cheek and a pale hot cheek, moscus.

If a patient gets suddenly very much better, it is a bad sign.

If a patient •* cusses you," spits in your face, and pulls your
whiskers, chamomilla.



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We have also the faith cure and the mind cure, which were
aptly differentiated by Dudley Warner, when he said : " The
faith cure requires no mind, and the mind cure requires no faith."

Hydropathy is a valuable annex, which received a fitting
tribute from the dying Dumoulin, who said, " I leave behind me
three excellent physicians." His weeping colleagues bowed, when
to their consternation he named, water, exercise and regimen.
Through all the ages and through all the 'pathies these remedial
agents have stood the test.

Modern medicine is preeminently preventive. The tireless
energy of skilled medical endeavor is constantly laboring to solve
the problems of life and of health ; studying ways of rendering
the system immune; developing methods of relieving existing
disease ; promoting longevity, so that man's days shall be 120
years, and wooing Euthanasia, in order that old age may bear
neither pain, passion nor sorrow, as step by step the intellect wanes
and activity lapses into repose. "The merry sounds of youth and
the hum of the busy world only rock gently to sleep as conscious-
ness gradually ceases ; death suggesting no terror, inflicting no
pain, bringing no agony."

Modern medicine has formed the profession in the right of the
line of that grand army of the arts and sciences which have bud-
ded and blossomed in the brilliant, electrical splendor of the
Christian civilization of the nineteenth century, and which are pre-
paring man for that perfect day, when the nations of the earth
shall beat their swords into plow shares ; their scalpels into prun-
ing hooks ; throw physic to the dogs, and never more know war,
pestilence, pain or sorrow.

This clever speech was frequently interrupted by outbursts of
hearty applause.

TOPICS OF THE MONTH.

The Women's Medical Club of Buffalo held their banquet at the
Hotel Niagara, Monday evening, April 30, 1894, which was, as
usual, well attended. Mrs. Cora Billings Lattin, the president, acted
as toastmaster. The toasts were responded to by Dr. Maud J.
Frye, who spoke to Women as Clinicians ; Mrs. Amelia E. Trant
to The Quiz Masters ; Dr. Ida C. Bender to The Physician to Re-
form Education ; Dr. N. Victoria Chappell, The Evolutions of
Practice ; Dr. Jane W. Carroll responded to The Microbe ; Dr.
Frear, Our Returned Surgeon ; Dr. Electa B. Whipple, The Speci-
alist ; Dr. Lillian Craig Randall, The Mother as a Medical Woman ;
while Miss Westlake responded to The Boys, and Miss Ella M.
Braids answered to The Graduates. The speeches were bright,
witty and entertaining. These are among the most enjoyable
dinners of the doctors' festive season.



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688 EDITORIAL.

The Craig colony for epileptics to be established at Sonyea, Liv-
ingston county, is a step forward in a direction that has long been
needed in this State. The bill passed by the legislature, now be-
come a law, appropriates $140,000 for this purpose. It is a sig-
nificant fact that it received but four negative votes in the assembly
and passed the senate unanimously.

For some time past, alienists, neurologists and' philanthropists
have been agreed as to the fact that epileptics should be removed
from the county poorhouses and grouped in colonies specially pre-
pared to meet their necessities for employment, education and
medical treatment. Such colonies have long existed in foreign
countries, but the first State institution for epileptics in this coun-
try was founded in Ohio in 1891. Many other states are now
moving to accomplish the same purpose. The 600 or 700 epilep-
tics now scattered throughout the State will be grouped in this
colony, which is to be established on the cottage plan. The insti-
tution will be named after the late Oscar Craig, of Rochester, who^
as president of the State Board of Charities, was instrumental in
its establishment.

Governor Flower has appointed the following named board of
managers : Dr. Frederick Peterson, New York City ; Mrs. C. F.
Wadsworth, Geneseo ; George M. Shull, Mount Morris ; Dr. C. E.
Jones (homeopath), Albany ; W. H. Cuddeback, Buffalo. The
board has organized by the selection of Dr. Peterson as president^
and Mr. Shull as secretary. The managers serve without salary and
meet at the colony once a month, or oftener, though it is not expected
to be in readiness to receive patients before the Autumn of 1895.



The Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital formally opened
its new building at Second avenue and Twentieth street. New
York, during its jubilee week, beginning April 23, 1894. This
handsome structure is admirably adapted to the purposes of post-
graduate instruction, which, of course, is entirely of a clinical
nature. During the twelve years that this institution has been in
operation, its success has been almost phenomenal. The projec-
tors and the supporters of the scheme, together with the present
faculty, are to be congratulated upon occupying this model home
for teaching and treating disease. To the distinguished president
of the Post-Graduate, Dr. D. B. St. John Roosa, the Journal par-
ticularly desires to extend its congratulations at this time upon
the fruition of his long-cherished hopes.



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Dr. Gbobgb F. Shba^dt, editor of the Medical Becordy through
the columns of that journal, has raised over $8,000 for a statue to
the memory of Dr. J. Marion Sims, the founder of gynecology as
a separate branch of medicine, and of the first Woman's Hospital
in the world. The statue, which is now in the custody of a safe
deposit company, was made by DuBois, the great French sculptor.
It is a figure of heroic size, seven and one-half feet from the
plinth, cast in standard bronze, at the works of Borbordieune, in
Paris. The pose and figure reveal a man of more than average
stature, slender rather than of full habit, clad in a Prince Albert
-coat, with open light-weight overcoat, flaps doubled back on the
breast, the right hand seeking rest and seclusion below the lower
buttons of the body coat, the attitude being self-confident, firm
and commanding ; the body sustained by strong legs, the head
4incovered, the forehead high and the hair combed back. The
figure will be placed in Bryant Park, New York City, before cold
weather sets in, by decree of the park board. The pedestal is
l>eing built by the New England Granite Company.



Thb small-pox excitement consequent upon its prevalence in
Chicago, and the possibility of its importation into Buffalo, appar-
ently has subsided. The wise and prompt precautions taken by
Dr. Ernest Wende, Health Commissioner, are commendable, and
seem to have proven eflScient. There is no question about the pro-
priety of quarantine and vaccination at such times and their rigid
•enforcement.



Db. Chablbs S. Hoyt, secretary of the State Board of Charities,
presented a report on Immigration at the National Conference of
-Charities and Correction, held at Chicago, June 9, 1893. Dr.
Hoyt was chairman of the committee on immigration, and his
report is both interesting and exhaustive. From it we learn that
the New York State Board of Charities has, since 1880, removed
1,879 alien paupers to their European homes, as follows : To
England, 445 ; to Ireland, 405 ; to Scotland, 78 ; to Germany,
626 ; to Norway, 13 ; to Sweden, 50 ; to Denmark, 23 ; to Hol-
land, 13 ; to Belgium, 1 ; to France, 34 ; to Switzerland, 68 ; to
Italy, 91 ; to Austria-Hungary, 95 ; to Russia, 38. The whole
expenditure for these removals has been 140,916.40 ; the expense
per person, $21.78. These removals have effected a great saving



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to the State, and have been made without any well-foanded
grounds of complaint from the countries to which the persons were
sent.



The Cincinnati Hospital has presented its thirty-third annual
report, which is for the fiscal year ending December 31,1893.
This hospital is not dependent upon charity, but receives annually
an appropriation from the municipality sufficient to cover its
expenses. The amount appropriated for the hospital for the year
1893 was 1125,660, and the earnings from paying patients during
the year were 14,102.85. The gross expenses for all purposes was
$109,268.96. The hospital treated 4,954 patients at an average
net cost per patient of 81.1 cents per day, or $6.67 per week. We
have referred to these figures to show the proper basis on which a
hospital should be managed, namely — on municipal appropriations
and not the insecure and uncertain foundation of a dependency on
private charity.

If all the time, space and money expended by the medical jour-
nals in discussing, pro and con, the revision of the code of medical
ethics had been devoted to the discussion of questions relating to
the prevention of disease or some other equally important scien-
tific subject, it is probable that greater progress would have been
made in the science and art of medicine.



Tub importance of membership in county medical societies is
admirably set forth in an address delivered before the Allegheny
(Pa.) County Bar Association, May 5, 1894, by Dr. J. C. Lange, of
Pittsburg. From this admirable address, published in part in the
Pittsburg Medical Heview, we quote as follows :

Essential to the welfare of scientific medioioe are medical associa-
tions and societies ; these are numerous and noted especially for their
excellent transactions and work in Allegheny county. Among the
medical societies in the county, there is but one, however, which is
officially representative of scientific medicine. It is the Allegheny
County Medical Society. Many other societies embrace members of
the County Society, or are constituted entirely of such members. Those
of their members who do not also hold membership in the County
Society possess no credentials as to their standing. It does not follow
from this * that they are ineligible and could not obtain member-
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ranks from failure of appreciation on their part or carelessness or
neglect ; many who are out would be heartily appreciated in the pale
of the Society. The fact remains, however, that the physician who is
not a member of his County Society has no professional standing, no
credentials, however well he may deserve both and however easily he
might acquire them. Membership in the Allegheny County Medical
Society is the only guarantee of medical respectability in the county.



Per/^onaf.



Drs. C. E. Long and A. H. Macbeth, of Buffalo, have been
appointed by the Health Commissioner, Dr. Wende, as sanitary
inspectors of the Board of Health, and were assigned to duty early
in May to inspect trains at Niagara Falls as a precaution against
the importation of smallpox from Chicago. Dr. John A. Pettit,
Deputy Health Commissioner, and Drs. F. A. Harrington and
Edward L. Frost were assigned to a similar duty at the Buffalo
railway stations, and Drs. Monroe Manges and Harry Mead per-
formed a corresponding duty in relation to the incoming boats.



Db. and Mrs. George H. Roh6, of Catonsville, Md., sailed for
Europe, April 28, 1894, by the Etruria, to be absent about three
months. Dr. Roh6 went as the official delegate from the American
Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to the Berlin Soci-
ety of Obstetricians and Gynecologists at its fiftieth anniversary,
celebrated May 9 and 10, 1894. Dr. Roh^ will also investigate the
construction and management of insane hospitals during his
European tour.

Dr. J. B. Murphy, of Chicago, has been appointed honorary presi-
dent for America of the surgical section of the twelfth Inter-
national Medical Congress, to be held in St. Petersburg. The
other appointments in this section were v. Bergmann, of Berlin,
for Germany ; Kocher, of Berne, for Switzerland ; Sir William
Stokes, of Dublin, for Ireland ; Sir William MacCormac, of Lon-
don, for England ; Macewen, of Glasgow, for Scotland, and Miku-
licz, of Vienna, for Austria.



Dr. Ira C. Brown, of Buffalo, is making a tour to California,
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which time he will attend the meeting of the American Medical
Association in San Francisco.



Db. H. Y. Gbant announces the removal of his office from 50 West
Tapper street to 414 Delaware, corner of Edward street, Buffalo.
Hours, 9 A. M. to 12.30 p. m., 3.30 to 4.30 P. M.



Db. N. G. Richmond, of Fredonia, attended the commencement
exercises of Niagara University Medical School, including the
Alumni dinner, in this city. May 9, 1894.



Db. Andbew F. Cubbibb has removed from 169 East 87th street
to 138 Madison avenue, New York. Hours, 11 to 1. Residence,
104 Cottage avenue, Mt. Vernon.



Db. William 6. Taylob, clinical assistant in obstetrics at Niagara
University, has removed from 66 West Chippewa street to 199
Franklin street, Buffalo.



Db. Albebt L. D. Campbell, of Mount Morris, N. Y., has been
appointed health officer of that village for the ensuing year.



Db. W. S. Tbemaine has removed from 217 Franklin street to 410
Elmwood avenue. Hours, 10 to 12 a. m., 7 to 8 p. m.



Db. John D. Flagg, of Buffalo, has removed from 93 West
Mohawk street to 322 Pennsylvania street.



Db. F. W. Hinkel, of Buffalo, has removed from 305 Delaware
avenue to 274 Delaware avenue.



Db. J. M. Hewitt, of Buffalo, has removed from 342 Swan street
to 55 West Mohawk street.



Db. a. M. Ewing, of Buffalo, has removed from 187 Delaware
avenue to 143 Allen street.



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Db. J. J. FiNERTY, formerly of Erie, Pa., has removed to 179
Franklin street, Buffalo.



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