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has been exercised in this hospital that is fully up to the require-
ments of the most modem standard of abdominal surgery.

The Board of Regents of the University of the State of New
York held a meeting at the capitol, in Albany, on Tuesday, June
45, 1894, at which the following-named regents were present : The
Chancellor, the Rev. Dr. Anson J. Upson ; the Vice-Chancellor,
the Rt. Rev. W. C. Doane, Protestant Episcopal Bishop of Albany;
Martin I. Townsend, William L. Bostwick, Charles E. Fitch, Orvis
H. Warren, Whitlaw Reid, William H. Watson, Hamilton Harris,

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Daniel Beach, Willard A. Cobb, Pliny T. Saxton, T. Guilford
Smith and the Rev. Father Malone.

An additional interest in the meetings of the regents is taken
by physicians since they have become the governing body in rela-
-tion to State examinations for license to practise medicine. At
the Jane meeting the regents took the following action in regard
to the State medical examiners : Drs. William Warren Potter, of
Buffalo, W. S. Ely, of Rochester, and Maurice J. Lewi, of New
York, were reappointed on the State board. Dr. Asa S. Couch, of
Fredonia, was reappointed, and Drs, J.Willis Candee, of Syracuse,
and John M. Lee, of Rochester, were appointed on the Homeopa-
thic board. Dr. Lee H. Smith, of Buffalo, was reappointed, and
Drs. Orlando Webb Sutton, of Bath, and Melvin H. Nichols, of
Wooster, were appointed on the Eclectic board.

We notice that an amendment has been introduced in the con-
stitution convention proposing to merge the Department of Public
Instruction with the University, thus doing away with the present
two-headed educational system. It would appear from every
standpoint that this is a wise measure and ought to receive the
unanimous support of the convention. Any plan that removes the
administration of educational methods from the whirlpool of poli-
tics ought to receive the universal commendation of right-minded

The Department of Public Instruction should be a bureau in
the regents' office, and the superintendent should be appointed by
the regents and be made responsible to that body for the faithful
performance of his duties.

The work of the regents is everywhere receiving commenda-
tion for its high standard in improved educational methods. This
is equally true at home and abroad. European educators are con-
stantly watchful of this meritorious work, and are not slow to
adopt such portions of it as are applicable.


Dr. Henry Van Aernam, of Franklinville, N. T., died at his resi-
dence in that village on Friday, June 1, 1804, at the age of
seventy-five years.

Dr. Van Aernam was, for more than a third of a century, a man
of prominence, and had lived in Franklinville for forty-six years.

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From the very earliest period of his professional career he took a
prominent place in medicine and enjoyed a large practice. Prior
to the outbreak of the civil war he served one term in the State
assembly, declining a reflection on account of his professional
engagements. When the war came, General Patrick H. Jone&
raised the 154th regiment in the Southern tier and Dr. Van Aemam
offered his services as surgeon, which were promptly accepted by
Governor Morgan. The military authorities were not slow to
recognize Dr. Van Aemam's ability as a surgeon, as well as his
capacity as an organizer, hence he moved rapidly forward from
regimental to brigade and division duty, in all of which he served
faithfully and meritoriously. The writer met him in the woods of
Chancellorsville on the night of May 2, 1863, after the 11th corps
had been driven in on the Union right and was in utter rout ; but
Dr. Van Aemam was then, as always, calm, self-possessed, hopeful
and even aggressive. Later the 1 1 th army corps was sent to the West
and Dr. Van Aemam performed his final military duty when Sher-
man marched to the sea and thence through the Carolinas to Ben-
tonville. He was elected to the Thirty-ninth Congress as a repub-
lican and was reelected to the Fortieth Congress, serving with con-
spicuous prominence during the reconstruction period. General
Grant, upon his inauguration as president, appointed Dr. Van Aer-
nam as commissioner of pensions, and during his administration
of the ofiice many improvements were instituted and the basis of
all that is good in the present system was developed. It is not
saying too much to assert that Dr. Van Aemam was the best com-
missioner of pensions who has ever held that office. In 1878 he
was again sent to Congress only to be reelected two years later.

A few years ago he had a paralytic stroke and has been in
feeble health since that time. Dr. Van Aernam was a power in
politics, always standing for everything that was pure and of the
better sort, while in medicine he was easily the most conspicuous
physician in his region of the country. His advice was often
sought by patients from a great distance and his consulting prac-
tice was a large one. His door was always open to his profes-
sional, political and soldier friends, and they often flocked to his
bouse in great numbers to pay their respects or to consult with
him on personal or public affairs.

Dr. Van Aemam was married nearly fifty years ago, his wife
and two children surviving him. His son, Charles D. Van Aernam,
is the present supervisor of Franklinville, and his daughter is the

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widow of the late sarrogate^ Hon. James D. McVey. His funeral
was held on Monday, June 4th, and was largely attended by
veteran soldiers, civilians, men in public life, physicians and friends.
The bearers were A. P. Adams, Dr. H. D. Walker, Wm. Ely, Dn
R. Terry, Wm. Swinton and Dexter C. Weed, all old and warm
friends of the deceased.

As a mark of respect, nearly all the business places in Frank-
linville were closed during the funeral, as was also the first room
of the district school. Ten Broeck Academy, of which Dr. Van
Aemam was one of the honored trustees, was kept closed all day.

He was buried in the family lot in beautiful Mount Prospect
cemetery, which is located on a hill overlooking the fine little vil-
lage he was pleased to call his home. Messages and letters of sym*
pathy and condolence were received by the family by telegraph
and post from his former colleagues in public life, and from warm
personal friends residing in all quarters of the United States.


At a meeting of the physicians of Cattaraugus county, held in
Frankllnville on June 4th, Dr. E. S. Stewart, of Ellioottville, chairman,
and Dr. H. D. Walker, of Frankllnville, secretary, the following resolu-
lutions were unanimously adopted :

Whereas, Death having removed from among us our esteemed
friend and fellow-physician, Dr. Henry Van Aemam, we, here assembled*
desire to express our high appreciation of his worth as a citizen, a
friend and a physician.

Resolved, That in his death our profession has sustained the loss
of an honest and skilful physician and surgeon, whose counsel we shall
hereafter greatly miss.

Resolved, That we extend to his family our heartfelt sympathy in
this their sad bereavement.

Resolved, That a copy of ^these resolutions be sent to the family of
the deceased, to the Buffalo Medical and Surgical Journal and
the local and county papers.

Signed, Drs. E. S. Stewart, C. H. Bartlett, J. L. Eddy, J. P. Col-
grove, C. D. McLouth, F. Findlay, Ranson Terry, H. D. Walker and
J. W. Kales.

Dr. Elltau S. Elder, of Indianapolis, Ind., died May 9, 1894, of
peritonitis following intestinal obstruction, aged fifty-three years.
Dr. Elder was president of the Indiana State Medical Society,
Dean and Professor of Principles and Practice of Medicine in the

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Medical College of Indiana and had been for many years conneo*
ted with the Indiana Medical JowmaX. Dr. Elder was a man of
prominence in the medical profession, of great integrity of char-
acter and a physician who will be greatly missed not only in the
city of his home, but by a large circle of friends and acquaintances
widely scattered throughout the country. . ,


Dr. J. B. Murdoch, of Pittsburg, Pa., deserves the sympathy of the
profession and his large circle of friends by reason of two calami-
ties that have lately befallen him. The first and most serious was
the death early in May of his son, John, who was a senior at
Princeton. This promising young man was beloved by a large
circle of friends, and his loss is, indeed, an irreparable one. Dr.
Murdock was compelled to have the middle finger of his left hand
amputated on May 25, 1894, the result of sepsis following a wound
received while amputating a gangrenous limb a few weeks since.
Truly affliction never comes single-handed, and Dr. Murdock is
entitled to a full measure of sympathy from all who know him.

Dr. Emory Lanphear, for many years editor of the Kansas City
Medical Index, has resigned the chair of Operative Surgery and
Clinical Surgery in the Kansas City Medical College and has
removed to St. Louis. He makes the change in order to become
Professor of Surgery in the St. Louis College of Physicians and
Surgeons, one of the oldest and strongest medical schools of the
West. The Journal extends its congratulations to Dr. Lanphear
in view of his proposed change, and particularly to the St. Louis
OoUege of Physicians and Surgeons on its good fortune in securing
such an accomplished addition to its faculty.

Dr. Julius Pohlman, of Buffalo, has gone to Philadelphia to re-
main during the months of June, July and August. He was in-
vited by Dr. George M. Gould to assume his ophthalmic practice
during the absence of the latter in Europe for his summer vacation.
The Journal offers its congratulations to both Drs. Pohlman and
Crould ; to the former on account of the pleasant change he will

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enjoy, and to the latter for his good judgment in selecting one of
our prominent Buffalo ophthalmologists to take charge of his great

Db. Lewis S. McMxjrtby, of Louisville ; Dr. Charles A. L. Reed,
of Ciiicinnati; apd Dr. A. L. Hummel, of Philadelphia, have
been appointed by the American Medical Association as delegates
to the British Medical Association. • The latter will hold its annual
meeting in Bristol, England, early in August, 1894.

Db. Chables 6. Stockton, of Buffalo, attended the meeting of the
Ontario Medical Association, at Toronto, June 8, 1804, where he
read a valuable paper on Gastrutasis. Dr. Stockton also made a
clever speech at the banquet, on the last day of the meeting, which
merited and received the applaudits of his hearers.

Db. S. W. Wetmobe and his wife. Dr. Mary Berkes Wetmore,
who have been in California for the past year, have returned to
Buffalo to resume the practice of medicine. The Drs. Wetmore
have contracted for the building of a fine residence up town, to be
located on Woodlawn avenue.

Db. Thomas Lothbop, one of the editors of this journal, sailed
for England on the 14th day of June, 1894, by the Fuerst Bismarck
of the North German Lloyd line. Dr. Lothrop expects to be
absent altogether about six weeks for a needed rest.

Db. a. F. Vandeboncoeub, of Syracuse, delivered an interesting
address to the Alumni Association of the College of Medicine of
Syracuse University on Thursday, June 14, 1894. The address is
published in full in the Syracuse Courier,

Db. B. H. Gbove, of 334 Pearl street, Buffalo, announces that he
has opened a private hospital for the treatment of patients affected
with diseases of the eye, ear, nose and pharynx.

Db. Jane W. Cabboll, of Buffalo, who has been spending several
weeks in New York, has returned and resumed her professional

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Dr. D. a. Morrison, of Buffalo, has removed from 610 Main
street to 509 Virginia. Hours, 8 to 10 a. m., 2 to 4 and 7 to 8 p. m.

Dr. John Crontn, of Buffalo, was elected an honorary member of
the Ontario Medical Association at its recent meeting in Toronto.

^ociai^ Maaflngi*.

The Medical Society of the County of Chautauqua will hold its annual
meeting at the Thompson House, Mayville, and the Hotel Athe-
neum, Chautauqua, on Tuesday, July 10, 1894, under the presidency
of Dr. Nelson G. Richmond, of Fredonia. The scientific program
includes a discussion on diphtheria, in several prepared papers and
a number of appointed referees. Dr. C. A. Ellis, of Sherman, is
secretary, and deserves great credit for the preparation of such an
interesting program. The society is rapidly going to the front
among the very best county medical societies in the State.

The Medical Society of the County of Cattaraugus held its annual
meeting at Little Valley on Thursday, May 24, 1894. The fol-
lowing officers were elected : President, Dr. W. B. Johnson, Elli-
cottville ; vice-president. Dr. Edward Torrey, Allegany ; secretary
and treasurer. Dr. M. C. Hawley, East Randolph ; censors. Dr. J.
£. K. Morris, Clean ; Dr. F. C. Beals, Salamanca ; Dr. E. M. Shaff-
ner, Great Valley ; committee on program. Dr. Edward Torrey,
Allegany ; Dr. J. C. Clark, Olean ; Dr. L. L. Deck, Salamanca.

The International Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology will
hold its second session at Geneva, Switzerland, in September,
1896. The questions for discussion are : (1) The Treatment of
Eclampsia ; (2) Surgical Treatment of Uterine Retrodeviations ;
(3) Relative frequency of different kinds of Narrowing of the
Pelvis in different countries ; (4) The Best Way of Suturing the
Abdominal Parietes in order to avoid Eventration ; (6) Treatment
of Pelvic Suppurations.

The American Academy of Medicine will hold its next annual
meeting at Jefferson, N. H., August 29 and 30, 1894. This society

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has acted wisely in severing itself from the American Medical
Association, to which it has served as an appendage quite long

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At a recent meeting of the trustees of the Woman's Hospital
and Foundlings' Home, Detroit, the following resolution was
adopted :

Whereas, The arrang^ement providing that nurses from the Corres-
pondence School of Health and Hygiene be allowed to practise in the
Woman's Hospital and Foundlings' Home was made without due con-
sideration ; therefore,

Resolved, That such arrangement be and is hereby discontinued
from this date, and that a resolution to the effect that no relation what-
ever exists between the said Correspondence School of Health and
Hygiene and the Woman's Hospital and Foundlings' Home be published
in the medical journals already specified.

•Kcatlam^ of Meilicina RofaA.

The general attendance at the Academy and section meetings,
during the past year, has been very satisfactory, and the meetings,
as a whole, have been very instructive and beneficial. Still, great
improvements can be made, both by the ofiUcers and members, and
the meetings of 1804-95 should be superior to the ones of 1893 and
'94. The Academy is a success and the profession of Buffalo should
give it a warm and hearty support.

At the last stated meeting of the Academy, the following amend-
ment to the constitution and by-laws was adopted :

Resolved, That the council of the Academy shall act and perform
the duties of the committee on legislation of the Academy of Medicine.

Owing to the absence from the city of the president, the address
at the annual meeting, June 26th, was delivered by Mr. Gleorge W.
Rafter, of Rochester, on Intermittent Filtration in its Application
to Domestic Filters.

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The Academy elected Dr. P. W. Van Peyma president ; Dr.
Eagene A. Smith, treasurer ; Dr. A. L. Benedict, secretary, and
Dr. H. R. Hopkins, trustee, at the annaal meeting, June 2(5,

The section on surgery elected Dr. Marcell Hartwig president ;
Dr. H. Mynter, vice-president, and Dr. E. J. Gilray, secretary, at its
last meeting.

The section of anatomy, physiology and pathology elected Dr.
S. Y. Howell president and Dr. F. T. Metcalfe secretary for the ensu-
ing year.

Dbs. Hurd, Matzinger and Bussman were elected fellows of the
Academy at the meeting held June 10, 1894.

The sections of the Academy have adjourned until September.

Mac|icaf (soffaga RoHaA.

The Medico-Chirurgical College, of Philadelphia, has had its
teaching faculty increased by the following appointments lately
made by the board of trustees to various chairs in that institution :
Dr. Isaac Ott, of Easton, Pa., professor of physiology ; Dr. Wil-
liam E. Hughes, professor of clinical medicine ; Dr. Albert E.
Roussel, assistant professor of clinical and of practice of medicine ;
Dr. Charles W. Burr, clinical professor of nervous diseases ; Dr.
William C. HoUepeter, clinical professor of diseases of children
and pediatrics ; Dr. Arthur H. Cleveland, clinical professor of
laryngology ; Dr. Edward B. Gleason, clinical professor of otology,
and Dr. William Blair Stewart, lecturer in therapeutics.

Mr. Wiluam Dsebing, of Chicago, the harvest machine manufac>
turer, has given the Northwestern University $50,000, to found
a new professorship in the medical school. This is a benefaction
that is to be commended.

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An American Text-Book of the Diseases of Children, including
special chapters on Essential Surgical Subjects ; Diseases of the Eye,
Ear, Nose and Throat ; Diseases of the Skin ; and on the Diet,
Hygiene and General Management of Children. By American
teachers. Edited by Louis Starr, M. D., Physician to the Child-
ren's Hospital, and Consulting Podiatrist to the Maternity Hospital,
Philadelphia ; Late Clinical Professor of Diseases of Children in the
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania ; Member of the Associa-
tion of American Physicians, and of the American Pediatric Society ;
Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, etc. Assisted
by Thompson S. Westcott, M. D. Attending Physician to the Dis-
pensary for Diseases of Children, Hospital of the University of
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There is no department of medicine in the successful practice
of which greater tact, skill, ingenuity and acumen are required,
than in the branch now generally known under the name of pedi-
atrics. During infancy and childhood many diseases are con-
tracted or developed, which, if neglected, lay the foundation for
«arly decay or later years of chronic invalidism. On the other
hand, if these diseases are arrested promptly, through the agency
of a skilful physician or an accomplished nurse, not only is future
suffering avoided, but children become self-supporting who would
otherwise be a tax on the public treasury. Physicians and nurses
are often jointly needed to contribute to this success, and we
regard the training of a nurse for the care of children who are ill
■as much of a specialty as is the practice of pediatrics by the physi-

The appearance of this treatise has impelled us to offer the
foregoing as a prelude to what we may say in regard to the work
itself. Indeed, it embraces nearly all we shall say on the subject,
for it is a book that is beyond the requirements of a technical or
analytical review. The editor has endeavored to cover nearly the
entire field of pediatrics in a single volume. Inasmuch as the work
is of an encyclopedic character, we think this a mistake. It is
difficult to condense some of the subjects sufficiently to meet the
limitations of such a work, and at the same time make the treat-
ment of them sufficiently exhaustive to meet adequately the require-

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ments of the present age. This would seem to he especially
the case with such subjects as tuberculosis and hereditary

Moreover, the book is now a cumbersome one to handle, which
difficulty might have been avoided by breaking it up into two or
three volumes, ^hich would also have permitted a greater elabora-
tion of some of the subjects. Notwithstanding all this, we feel
impelled to say that Starr has produced by far the best treatise on
diseases of children that has appeared in the English language.
He has carefully considered such practical points as etiology, symp-
tomatology, diagnosis and treatment, including feeding, hygiene,
therapeutics and the prevention of disease, while avoiding as far
as possible the insertion of references to journals or authorities.
This increases the interest in the work of those for whom it was
especially prepared — namely, physicians in active professional

A large staff of contributors has been employed, who are, for
the most part, either distinguished in the department of pediatrics,
or well known as authors on the subjects upon which they write.
They, too, are well distributed, geographically speaking, through-
out the country, thus giving the treatise a breadth that should
characterize such a work, making it a national expression of pro-
fessional opinion.

The illustrations are of a character to merit approbation. They
embrace almost every kind of reproductive art and are a great help
to a better understanding of the text in the majority of instances.
Most of them are sufficiently new to attract attention, and this is
especially the case with the photographic plates. We are of the
opinion that greater attention should be paid to the illus-
tration of medical books than is frequently the case. A well-
executed drawing or especially a good photographic repro-
duction arrests the attention of the eye at once, even of the
busiest physician, and often leads him to a closer examination of
the text.

One of the most important parts of a text-book is the index.
This one contains an elaborately prepared index covering forty
pages in three columns, making it easy of reference and greatly
enhancing its value.

In conclusion we commend this work to the careful examination
of every family physician. It ought to be found on his book-
shelves, and it ought also to be frequently consulted.

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Medical Jurisprudence, Forensic Medicine and Toxicology. By R. A.
WiTTHAUS, A. M., M. D., Professor of Chemistry, Physics and
Hygiene in the University of the City of New York, etc., and Tracy
C. Becker, A. B., LL. B., Counselor-at-Law and Professor of Crimi-
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This treatise has been heralded by advance press notices, setting
forth its scope and purpose in detail. An examination of the first
volume indicates that the promises made by the editors and pub-
lishers were not extravagant. The legal relations of physicians
and surgeons, including their acquirement of the right to practise
medicine and surgery, their legal duties and obligations, their right
to compensation, their privileges and duties when summoned as
witnesses in courts of justice and their liability for malpractice
forms the first section of the book, and is written by Mr. Tracy C.
Becker, the well-known counselor-at-law of Buffalo, one of the
editors-in-chief. In view of the action by a number of the states
providing for separate license to practise medicine, it is interest-
ing to read in Mr. Becker's opening chapter that the importance
of prescribing certain educational qualifications for physicians
was recognized as early as the year 1422, when, during the
reign of Henry the Y. in England, an act of parliament forbade
anyone, under a penalty of both fine and imprisonment, from prac-
tising medicine as a means of livelihood, " unless he hath studied
it in some university and is at least a bachellor of science.'^

The legal status of physicians is too little understood by them-
selves, and much information not to be found elsewhere may be

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