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Section on Surgery- — Symposiiun on Cancer.
Papers read :

The Percy Cautery in Treatment of Cancer of the Uterus — Dr. E. A. Lockett,

Sarcoma of Bone, tcith Case Report — Dr. J. F. Highsmith and Dr. R. L. Pitt-
man, Fayetteville.

The Cancer Problem — Dr. J. W. Long, Greensboro.

Neglect of Visible Lesions — Dr. Watt Cole, Greensboro.

Early Diagnosis of Cancer — Dr. J. M. Wainwriglit, Scranton, Pa.

What Every Physician Should Preach About Cancer — Dr. H. A. Royster,

Concerning the Early Diagnosis of Cancer — Dr. Frederic E. Soudern, New
York City.

The Autolysin Treatment for Cancer — Dr. W. E. Fitch. New York City.

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Wednesday Morxing.

Dr. McBrayer in the cliair.

Section on Materia Medica and Therapeutics.
Papers read :

Therapeutics, Old and Xeic — Dr. R. A. Campbell, Statesville.

Occupation as a Therapeutic Agent — Tji: Paul Y. Auderson, Richmoucl, Va.

Heart Stimulants and Tonics — Dr. W. P. Beall, Greensboro.

Have Alcoholics a Place -in Medical Th-erapcutics? — Dr. J. F. McKay, Buies

Rest — The Most Important Single Factor in the Treatment of Tuberculosis—
Dr. L. B. Morse. Heudersonvllle.

Therapeutic Uses of Some of the Products of the Ductless Glands — Dr. H. B.
Weaver, Asbeville.

Health Conservation as an Economic Factor — Dr. L. G. Beall. Greensboro.

Section on Physiology and Chemistry.

Papers read :

The Physical Functions of the Xose — Dr. C. N. Peeler, Cliarlotte.
The Kidney Functional Tests — Dr. Robert H. Lafferty. Charlotte.

Section on Pediatrics.
Papers read :

Three Needs of a Child — Dr. L. W. Elias. Asbeville.

Tuberculosis, a Disease of Childhood — Dr. Thompson Frazer. Asbeville.

Conjoint session of State Board of Health and State Medical Society.

Wednesday Morning,

Section on Surgery,

Dr. W. H. Jones in the chair.
Papers read :

Pellagra and Other Changes in Mentality in Surgical and Gynecological
Practice — Dr. W. O. Spencer, Winston-Salem.

Comparative Vltimate Results of Ahdominal Section — Dr. Charles Moore,

Some Gastro-Intrstinal Cases; Clinical Report — Dr. C. S. Lawrence. Winston-


Section on Anatomy.

Called to order by Dr. Watt Cole.
Papers read :

Some Practical Observations on the Prostatic Portion of the Male Urethra —
Dr. C. O. Abernethy. Raleigli.

Surgical Anatomy of the Thyroid Gland — Dr. John E. Ray, Jr., Raleigh.

Wednesday Afternoon.
Dr. McBrayer in the chair.
Section on Pediatrics.
Papers read :

-Some of the Most Important Points in the Management of Infants the First
Six Months — Dr. I. W. Faisou, Charlotte.

Section on Practice of Medicine.
Papers read :

Tuberculosis in Schools and Colleges — Dr. James B. Bullitt, Chapel Hill.

Diagnosis cjf Incipient Tuberculosis by the General Practitioner — Dr. Charles
O'H. Laughinghouse, Greenville.

A Personal Estimate of Psycho- Analysis as a Diagnostic Method in Nervous
Disease — ^Dr. J. Allison Hodges, Richmond, Va.

Address by Dr. Southgate Leigh, Norfolk, Va.

Pyorrhea — Dr. .T. A. Sinclair, Asheville.

Wednesday Afternoon.

Section on Gynecology.

Dr. S. M. Crowell in the chair.
Papers read :

Uterine Curettement — Dr. R. L. Payne, Sr., Norfolk.
Cancer of the Uterus — Dr. E. T. Dickinson, Wilson.
Pituitrin in Obstetrics — Dr. C. H. Pugh. Stanley.

Neurasthenia in Relation to Gynecology — Dr. Rosalie Slaughter Morton,
New York City.

Wednesday Evening.

Dr. McBrayer presiding.

Address: Typhoid — Dr. L. L. Lumsden, U. S. Public Health Service.
Report of Committee on Obituaries.


Auuual Essay: The Present Status of Tuberculosis Knoicledge — Dr. Mary
E. Lapham, Highlands.

Annual Oration: The Internationalized Profession — Dr. J. M. Northington.

Thursday Morning.

Section on Practice of Medicine.

Called to order by Dr. C. W. Moselv, vice president.
Papers read :

Asthma Caused by Xasal Conditions — Dr. E. R. Russell, Asheville.
The Diagnostic Value of Headaches — Dr. W. Perry Reaves, Greensboro.

Section on Conservation of Vision:

Called to order by Dr. C. W. Mosely, vice president.
Papers read:

Economics of the Prevention of Blindness — Mr. John E. Ray. Superintend-
ent, North Carolina State School for the Blind. Raleigh.

Saving Sight — Saving Citizens — Mr. Gordon L. Berry, New York City.
Conservation of Vision — Dr. J. G. Murphy, Wilmington.
Amblyoina from Wood Alcohol — Dr. F. J. Pate, Winston-Salem.

Section on Hygiene, Sanitation, and Preventive Medicine.

Dr. McBrayer in the chair.
Papers read :

Heredity's Relation to Feeble-minded ncss — Dr. C. B. McXairy. Kiuston.
Hope and Menace of Heredity — Dr. W. .J. McAnally, High Point.
Rural Sanitation — Dr. D. C. Absher, Henderson.

Peport of Committee on Recommendations of President's Address.

Resolution of sympathy for Drs. Long and Booth.

Appointment of time for next meeting.

Report of Committee on Nominations.

Presentation of Dr. M. H. Fletcher by Dr. McBrayer.

Resolution of thanks to Greensboro.


(JNToTE. — As the proceedings of the conjoint session and of the sessions
of the House of Delegates on Tuesday afternoon and Thursday are re-
ported in full at the end of the transactions, no abstract is given here.)




Tuesday Morning, June 15, 1915.

Dr. J. T. J. Battle, chainnan Committee on Arraugemeiits : Ladies,
gentlemen, and members of the Medical Society of tlie State of jSTortli
Carolina : It gives me much pleasure to call to order in our city the
sixty-second session of this society. It is not for me to speak to you any
words of welcome, however much I would like to do so, as we have a man
especially fitted for this pleasant task, who will address you in a few

As it has been our custom since the society was organized to invoke
Divine guidance in all of our deliberations, we will now ask Dr. Charles
W. Byrd, pastor of the West Market Street M. E. Church of this city,
to make this invocation.


Dr. Charles W. Byrd, Pastor West Market Street M. E. Church,


Almighty God, our merciful heavenly Father, we thank Thee that our
spirit inclines us to call upon Thee for help and guidance in all the work
to which we are called in this life. We realize how much we need Thee
in every difficult task to which we turn our hand, as well as in the
smallest task which we must undertake. We realize how difficult, Lord,
are the problems that confront us as a body of physicians to whom the
health and welfare of our respective communities are committed. We
pray Thee, Loi-d, to give us the guidance of Thy spirit not only in the
deliberations of this body, but in our daily life. May the Great Physi-
cian be a partner in all our undertakings, and may we learn to rely upon
His wisdom, Avhich comes down from above. Help us, O divine Christ,
to lean upon Thy strong arm, and to remember that the God of truth
and the God of grace must render efficacious all our efforts for the heal-
ing of disease, and must clothe us Avith those peculiar graces which should


always characterize the Christian, and which will enable us to speak
words of comfort and symi:)athy in times of supreme need.

We pray Thee that every officer of this organization may be the object
of Thy peculiar care and special visitation. Order all our lives for the
honor of Thy name, and multiply the number who constantly call upon
Thee for help and guidance. Hear our prayer, and help us to realize the
high calling into which we have entered. May we realize that it is a
calling not for our own advancement and not for the promotion of our
owu interests, not for our own self-aggrandizement, but that it is a call-
ing to which God has chosen us for the uplifting of the fallen and the
advancement of the race.

We pray that the blessings of God may not only be upon us, but upon
every one for whom we should pray. We ask Thee to remember our
home folks whom we have left behind, and our patients, who long, per-
haps, for our return. We ask Thee to minister to them, and speak the
words of comfort and consolation which the still, small voice of Thy
Spirit can always speak, and which are more powerful than any words
we can speak to those to whom we are called to minister.

We pray that the blessing of God may be upon our country, and upon
all those who exercise authority in it, from the Chief Executive of our
]N'ation doAvn to. the humblest officers of our cities. We pray Thee that
the Chief Executive may be made wise with that Avisdom which God
alone can impart ; and that with a firm, strong hand, yet with a trusting
heart, he may do those things which may preserve peace and honor to
this Nation and bring prosperity to all our people.

We pray Thee to bless our homes. Make the children Thou hast given
us the objects of Thy special care. May the thousands to whom we are
called to minister be made children of God and useful members of society,
so that the world may be lifted up and made better and be brought closer
to the great heart of the Living Father. Hear our prayer, and increase,
we beseech Thee, the numbers of those who are willing to lead the life of
toil and self-denial which is the lot of the physician. May we never be
satisfied with the achievement of any ideal, or with the realization of any
present purpose, but may we be constantly forgetting the things behind
and reaching forward to those things before us, ever realizing that there
is a high mark in this profession. We ask Thee, O God, to consecrate
our lives to this work, knowing that in so doing we consecrate them to
Thee, and knowing that Thou wilt be pleased. In the hour when we call
upon Thee, let us hear the still, small voice of Thy Spirit answering with
counsels of wisdom and with blessings of strength and grace. Thou hast
promised to honor us, and it is not wrong, we realize, to seek these honors


which come from above. Thou hast promised to remember us in times
of trouble, and Thou knowest, Lord, how often we are in circumstances
of trouble, and we pray Thee to let us realize the fulfillment of this
promise day by day.

Give us a life long enough to do our work, and a peaceful hour in
which to lay down its burdens, and then, we pray, may we have thrown
open to us the gates of Thy salvation, and see that salvation not only in
its processes but in its completion.

All this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.

Dk. J. T. J. Battle: The mayor of our city promised to give you a
warm welcome. It gives me pleasure to now present to you Hon. T. J.
Murphy, mayor of the city of Greensboro.


T. J. Murphy, Maior of Greensboro.

Mr. Fresident, Memhers of the North Carolina Medical Society, Ladies
and Gentlenieyi:

It is with the greatest pleasure and satisfaction that I welcome here
today the members of your society at its sixty-second annual meeting,
and I venture the opinion that there is no society in existence that has
enjoyed a more honorable and useful career, and we are especially proud
to claim as our guests men who wear so worthily as you do the ancient
and honorable title of Physician. And while Greensboro claims to be
one of the healthiest of cities, yet she is truly glad that the doctors have
come to see her — not to treat her, however, but to be treated by her, as
welcome and honored guests in the house of appreciative friends.

I, therefore, take great pleasure in extending to you, one and all, a
warm welcome to the Gate City of Xorth Carolina, and bid you remain
as long as you will and enjoy to the fullest her civic hospitality and
social pleasures.

I am glad to see so many of you present, and I believe this fact is
attributable in some degree to the activity and efficiency of our State,
County, and City Health Departments in making the State so healthy
that all the doctors can leave home occasionally without the fear that
some epidemic or pestilence Avill break out in their respective communi-
ties during their absence. The great strides of progress that the health


movement is making in this State I believe will result in as great benefit
to the medical profession as to the general public, in that it will event-
ually serve to prevent the simple and petty diseases with which your
attentions have been so much occupied and give you better opportunities
to investigate and solve the really great and far-reaching problems that
lie within the realm and reach of your great profession.

If our people had been longer engaged seriously in the work of disease
prevention and health promotion, actively led and frankly advised as
they are now by your learned profession, who could estimate the far-
reaching results and reciprocal benefits arising from such a sensible
policy? Why, some of the modern medical and surgical discoveries
might have been accredited to our State; we might have claimed some-
thing similar to the X-ray or the Twilight Sleep, or perhaps some of our
snapping turtles might have furnished a serum that would have been
really dangerous to the tubercle germ.

And to stimulate the profession along these lines I believe it would be
a fine thing for our State, through your society, to offer valuable money
prize or prizes, biennially at least, for the best discovery or invention in
medical or surgical research work among the physicians and surgeons of
North Carolina. I trust you will pardon this suggestion, and slight
digression from the commonly accepted form and tenor of an address of
Avelcome, but I have always considered anything appropriate in such an
address, from a discussion of the chilblains and sunburns of the North
Pole to the concrete walls and slipping sands of Culebra Cut. And I am
glad to feel that we people and you doctors can on occasions meet and
talk over matters in easy give-and-take fashion without violating any
ethics or arousing any ire, for it is the easiest way to get acquainted and
the best way to remain friends.

I want to congratulate your profession upon the great strides of prog-
ress it has made during the past quarter of a century all over the civilized
world, and especially upon your conduct here in North Carolina, where
we have as high-minded, unselfish, and honorable a set of physicians as
anywhere on earth. And while your conferences and consultations Avill
be most pleasant and beneficial to you, we trust that you will devote as
much time as possible to the recreational and social side of this occasion.
We have many and varied attractions here in Greensboro, which I have
no doubt will be presented to you by our courteous and ever-thoughtful
local physicians.

To begin with, we have one of the best hospitals anywhere ; we are also
surrounded with many large manufacturing plants and wholesale estab-
lishments and banking institutions and some of the strongest life and


fire iusiirauce companies to be found in the South ; we also have many
denominational and State colleges here, enlightening not a few, but all
classes of our State's citizens; and several famous tree and plant nurs-
eries that spread their products all over the Southern States ; and several
sanitariums of a high order for the treatment of nervous diseases and
disorders. We also have, only a few miles away, one of the richest his-
toric spots in America— Guilford Battle Ground — which by reason of
its historical importance and beautiful attractions should, and I believe
will, become a Xational park. We have there now just completed the
handsomest equestrian statue in the State, which the N^ational Govern-
ment has appropriated to the honor and memory of General Nathanael
Greene. There you will also see many other attractive monuments of
granite and bronze, which seem to emphasize the fact that constitutional
liberty was won by blood and sacrifice, and if ever abandoned may have
to be regained in the same way.

There are many other attractions hereabouts too numerous to mention,
and I understand that the local committee of entertainment and others
have arranged a series of receptions, etc., where you can meet and mingle
with each other and with our people and enjoy the thoroughgoing good
fellowship that characterizes Xorth Carolinians here and everywhere ;
and I hope you may be so pleasantly entertained here that in the future
years, wherever you may hold annual meetings, from the sands of Hat-
teras to the peaks of Cherokee, from the banks of the Dan to the shores
of Pee Dee, you will look back to this occasion and to this city and
say, with the poetic traveler :

Where'er I roam.
Whatever realms to see,
My soul, untraveled,
Fondly turns to thee.

A few weeks ago I gave away the only city key our city possessed, to
the Shriners; but we shall not miss it now, since they left everything
unlocked, anyway. So you doctors can just walk in and take possession,
and in the words of Governor Yance in welcoming your society on a
similar occasion many years ago, as related to me by one of your mem-
bers, I will add that Greensboro opens wide its homes and its hearts to
you doctors and .all we ask of you is that you shall spare our lives.

Dk. J. T. J. Battle: On behalf of the profession of the State, the
response to this pleasant and hearty welcome will be given by Dr. Ben-
jamin K. Hays, of Oxford.



Dr. Benjamin K. Hays.

It is with peculiar pleasure that the physicians of North Carolina turn
their faces toward the capital city — I hope there is no one here from
Raleigh — the capital city of Greensboro.

It is not sufficient that she is centrally located, that she is pierced by
a network of railroads connecting her with every section of the State,
that she is filled with comfortable hotels and hospitable homes, that she
is a city of schools and churches and hospitals. Greensboro stands for
more than this. For two centuries she has been the home of a brave and
hospitable people, and if today Greensboro, with all her beauty and all
her glory, were blotted from the face of the earth, the work of her sons
in the advancement of civilization would live as long as history is read.

This has been the home of such men as Dr. Deems, who labored in
your midst ; of Dr. Turner Jones, the Bynums, the Settles, the Greys, the
Schencks, and many others who have added luster to the name of the

When I was a small child there was going on in my town a series of
meetings in the Presbyterian church. I heard the people say that a
great preacher was there. I went to hear him and well remember the
wonderful impression he made upon my childish mind. That preacher
w^as Jacob Henry Smith of Greensboro. It was in this city that he lived
his godly life, working for the betterment of the city and of the State.
Here he worked and here he raised a family of sous who have gone forth
to fields of usefulness, no longer limited in their sphere by city or State ;
they have become men of mark in the Nation. Across the water
Alphonso Smith has added to the reputation of America as a producer
of scholars and men of culture. But wherever these sons have gone and
whatever they have found to do, it has been the spirit of the father
which has directed their labors, for he was —

"One who never turned his hack, hut marched hreast forward ;
Never douhted clouds would hreak ;

Never dreamed, though right were worsted, wroug would triumph ;
Held we fall to rise, are baffled to fight better,
i^leep to wake."

If it be said that Dr. Smith was a son of Virginia, let me remind you
of another Greensboro man. A quarter of a century ago the higher
education of woman was impossible in North Carolina. A Carolinian


determined that the stigma of illiteracy should be banished from the
State. That worker found in Greensboro a congenial atmosphere and a
people willing to hold up his hands. He came here and built up a school
the influence of which has been felt throughout the State and the South-
land. Today there are a thousand homes in North Carolina where intel-
ligent women draw their children about their knees and teach them the
great lessons of life which they themselves learned from Charles Mclver.

If still you say that Mclver was not a product of Greensboro, I will
call to mind another name. Two years ago, in Columbia University, a
professor of English read to his class what he declared to be the best
short story ever written in America. The story was called "A Municipal
Report," and was Avritten by a boy raised in Greensboro and named
William Sidney Porter (O. Henry). This man is now regarded as the
best short story writer of his time. His wide knowledge of the world,
his keen sympathy for all manner of suffering, and his broad humanita-
rianism endear him to every reader in the English speaking world.

These are some of the men who have gone out from Greensboro and
made her name famous.

For the life of a Porter, of a Mclver the death.

What danger, what censure, what woe would I brave !

Their lives did not end when they yielded their breath.
Their glory illumines the gloom of the grave.

Dr. J. T. J. Battle : We have now arrived at the moment when we
expect to hear, in our president's address, something of vital importance
to the State and to the profession. In this we shall not be disappointed.
It gives me pleasure to introduce to you the president of this society.
Dr. L. B. McBrayer, of Sanatorium.


Dr. L. B. McBrayer.

Mr. Chairman, Mcmhers of the Medical Society of the State of North
Carolina, Ladies and Gentlemen:
I appear before you this morning to return to you the trust reposed in
me one year ago. Its honor is unsullied ; we have kept the faith. How-
ever, we have not acconiplished what ought to have been accomplished
nor what we wanted to accomplish. For our shortcomings we crave your


It is common to hear the retiring president speak of the appreciation
of the honor conferred upon him — the highest honor in the gift of this
Society — and emphasize his appreciation, if possible, by calling to wit-
ness the high standing, natural and professional ability, and great accom-
plishments of the men in our profession whom you have honored in like
manner. Let me say that none who have occupied this office in years
gone by are more appreciative than the speaker.

We should never forget, however, that honors never fail to bring re-
sponsibilities, and we cannot, if we would, accept the one without having
placed on us the other. We felt one year ago — and we feel it more keenly
today — how undeserving of this high honor, and how little able we were
to shoulder the responsibilities of this office ; and but for your confidence
and support the honor never would have been given to me ; but for your
cordial support, cooperation and encouragement, the responsibilities
Avould have been too heavy to bear. And may I crave your continued
support, cooperation, and encouragement through this session and for all

Comjjlete File of Proceedings. — Our secretary, Dr. John A. Ferrell,
has been faithful and persistent, and has finally secured a complete set
of the transactions of this Society from its organization, to date, and has
had them bound. In securing this complete set, our thanks are due Dr.
Walter C. Murphy, 507 Fourth Street, K W., Washington, D. C, a for-
mer member of this Society and a former secretary, but now resident at
the above address, who kindly donated to the Society a complete set of
the transactions from the origin of the Society in 1849 up to 1890, except-
ing volumes for the years 1880, 1883, 1885, 1889, and 1890. The Society
had the volumes from 1891 to 1914 inclusive, excepting the year 1898.
We would recommend that this complete set of the transactions of this
Society be i^laced in the State Library at Raleigh, and that a paster
should be placed on the fly-leaf of each volume indicating the donor, so
that any physician in the State or other persons in the State might have
access to them, and perhaps for the more important reason that we would
be absolutely certain that they would be kept intact and not be lost in
transferring from one secretary to another. In fact, your present officers

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