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opthalmolgic bearings are broadly discussed. ASTHMA: PRESENTING AN EXPOSITION OF
One of the most interesting chapters is that deTHE NON-PASSIVE THEORY-By Orville Harry Brown, A. B., M. D., Ph. D. Formerly Assistant Pro
voted to the extremes of pressure compatible with fessor Medicine St. Louis University, with a foreword life. It will be some time, and that only after by George Dock, Sc. D., Professor Medical Work, Uni much observation and experiment, before we will versity Missouri School, St. Louis, Mo.. 36 engrav. be thoroughly acquainted with all phases of ings. St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Co., 1917.
blood pressure, and even when all difficulties are The writer gives first a chapter on definition removed, as Norris says, “we are still only measof asthma, then several chapters of compilation uring the pressure of the brachial artery." Careof historic observations and theories, then an ful reading of Norris gives a most comprehensive analysis of historical data, all of which are very conception of what is known today of blood presessential to the reader before plunging into non sure.
J. M. B. passive expiration theory. Experiments clin
DISEASES OF WOMEN—By Harry Sturgeon ical and laboratory are given not only of per
Crossen, M. D., F. A. C. S. Associate in Gynecology, sonal work, but includes that of other observers. Washington University, St. Louis. Fellow American The theory of the author is clearly worked out. Gynecological Society. Fourth edition, revised and and the philosophy logical. It would seem as if enlarged, 800 engravings. St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Co., the subject were exhausted. However, etiology
1917. and pathology are given from all possible The endeavor of the author has been to presources, local and reflex. The conditions in- sent clearly and in detail the fundamental facts cluded in the term “asthma" constitutes a very and principles of gynecology-anatomic pathoprofound problem, well worthy of deep study. logic, diagnostic and therapeutic. He has most Dr. Brown has delved far into the mystery, so admirably prosecuted his purpose. Having been much so that Dr. George Dock, who added the called to the front in the Medical Officers' Reforeword of the volume, declares the book a serve Corps, he has left a work which will live most "comprehensive and up to date study" of for generations; a monument which in the event the subject.
J. M. B. of failure to return, will endure to perpetuate his
memory. The work is monumental, almost encyBLOOD-PRESSURE; ITS CLINICAL APPLICA. clopedic. The text is not only clear and convins TIONS-By George William Norris; A. B., M. D. As
ing, but is augmented with cuts so liberally as to sistant Professor of Medicine in the University of Pennsylvania; Fellow of the College of Physicians of
create a mental picture of every phase of the Philadelphia; Member of the Association of American subject. If there be any criticism it would be Physicians. Third edition. Illustrated with 110 en upon its voluminousness. It is not a work to be gravings and 1 colored plate. Philadelphia and New
read except in sections as needed. But it is diffiYork: Lea & Febiger, 1917. (Price $3.50.)
cult to imagine any point sought for not given in Works on blood pressure are still attractive, detail and illustrated, even to various steps of and are being universally read. The subject is gynecologic surgery. Beyond the usual field gradually becoming crystallized, and its import- covered there are chapters devoted to the relation ance more generally recognized. Even men who of internal secretions to gynecology: medico do little more than life insurance work need to be legal aspects, including rape and foreign bodies well informed upon this subject. The exhaustion left in the abdomen with citations. For the next of a second edition within a year testifies to the decade, one who has a Crossen with its 800 envalue and professional appreciation of the work gravings and its 1160 pages of print will feel seof Norris. The demand of a third edition has cure upon gynecology.
J. M. B. arisen from its comprehensiveness, the pleasant,
A PRACTICAL DIETARY COMPUTER—By Amy clear atmosphere of the subject matter and its
Elizabeth Pope, Author of Essentials of Dietetics, freedom from unnecessary voluminousness. It is Quiz for Nurses, Anatomy and Physiology for Nurses. far from being an appendix, however. It gives a Medical Dictionary for Nurses, etc. New York and summary of experimental as well as clinical London: G. P. Putnam's Sons. Knickerbocker Press, data. Ample space is given to the physiology 1917. (Price $1.25.) of blood pressure and a discussion in the various An intensely interesting book for those who instruments, air and mercury, used for the pur- desire more than a passing knowledge of dietpose. A free resume of hypotension and hyper- etics. Written by one of large experience and tension and their application to cardio vascular close study. Its scope is larger than the demands conditions are prominently accentuated. Chap- of a nurse. Doctors will do well to possess a ters are devoted to pressure in acute and chronic copy of it. It gives not only the essentials of infectious diseases, effects of drugs, metabolic dietetics, but specific information regarding cadiseases and diseases of the nervous system. Sur- loric values such as is needed by men who would geons and obstetricians will find much of value give their patients the full benefit of proper in their respective fields regarding blood pres- feeding, and in many cases diet fulfills a larger sure given under the suggested headings; even mission than drugs.
J. M. B.
THE BUCHANAN COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY
(Organized April 14, 1903) OFFICERS FOR 1918
COMMITTEES FOR 1918 President ....
Executive--J. J. Bansbach, J. M. Doyle, W. M.
Minton. First Vice-President...............L. J. Dandurant
Public Health and Legislation-Floyd Spencer, J. F.
Owens, W. C. Proud. Second Vice-President........ ....G. R. Stevenson
Program-H. S. Conrad, A. B. McGlothlan, G. R. Secretary ....
.W. F. Goetze
Library-C. R. Woodson, Jno. Wisser, B. W. TadTreasurer ........ ..........J. M. Bell
lock. Censors-P. I. Leonard, 1918; J. B. Reynolds, 1918
Medical Service-Daniel Morton, 1918; L. J. Dandu
rant, 1918-1919: Wm. Minton, 1918-1919-1920. 1919; J. I. Byrne, 1918-1919-1920.
Membership-Louis Bauman, Fred Ladd, W. W. Delegates-H. S. Forgrave, 1918; J. F. Owens, 1918
Tuberculosis – Horace Carle, Porter Williams,
Charles Geiger. Alternates-J. J. Bansbach, 1918; Floyd Spencer,
Laboratory-Clarence Good, Paul Forgrave, Caryl 1918-1919.
Potter, P. I. Leonard, A. L. Gray, E. B. Kessler, Council—0. C. Gebhart, expires 1920.
G. A. Lau.
The following resolution introduced by Dr. Leonard, seconded by Dr. Ladd, was adopted and the secretary was instructed to supply a copy to each of our daily newspapers:
Resolved, That the Buchanan County Medical Society regrets to learn that the Welfare Board has abandoned the principle of trained social workers, and believe that the posiion of secretary of the board should be filled by a man who is especially trained in social work. We urge that social service is incompatible with political domination. The Buchanan County Medical Society recommends that the Welfare Board employ trained workers for its executive position.
There being no further business before the society the meeting adjourned.
Regular meeting of the society held at the assembly room in the Public Library building, Wednesday evening, March 6th, Doctor Daniel Morton in the chair. Eighteen members present.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved, also the minutes of the meeting held Feb. 6th.
The applications of Dr. William Franklin Carroll and that of Dr. Franklin G. Weary for membership in this society received their second reading, and having been endorsed by the Board of Censors, were balloted upon and duly elected to membership.
The following bills were allowed and a warrant ordered drawn on the treasurer to pay same. Lon. Hardman, two issues of the Bulletin......$ 7.80 Secretary for postage on Bulletins and correspondence ..................
........ 3.30 Public Library for subscriptions to 11 Medical
Journals ................................. 57.65 Public Library for indexing journals .......... 20.00
The Program Committee, through their chairman, announced that their next meeting would consist of a · dinner and three scientific papers, to be held at
Savannah, Andrew county, Mo. Dinner to be served at 6 p. m.
On motion of Dr. Caryl Potter, seconded by Dr. Spencer, the following resolution was voted upon and carried:
Resolved, That the Program Committee be given $300 with which to purchase a combination projectoscope and moving picture machine and a one year membership in the Film Company, entitling this society to 15,000 feet of films to be used in one year, The above sum of $300 to be placed at their disposal, provided that one-half of this amount be raised by private subscriptions from members of this society.
Announcement was made by the president that the Welfare Board had granted permission to hold clinics at the Noyes Hospital in connection with the Buchanan County Medical Society.
Dr De Lamater requested the co-operation of this society to secure larger facilities for the use of the Board of Health in taking care of infectious diseases, and the president re-appointed the old committee, consisting of Doctors Woodson, A. L. Gray and Dr. Ladd to conduct the investigations and make such recommendations as they saw fit.
A very interesting clinical case of tendon transplantation following infantile paralysis was presented by Dr. Caryl Potter.
Regular meeting of the society was held at Savannah, Mo., Wednesday evening, March 20th, 1918. Forty-nine members present. Doctor Daniel Morton in the chair.
After listening to an address by the mayor and superintendent of public schools and partaking of a very bountiful dinner, the scientific program of the evening was begun by the reading of a paper by Dr. L. J. Dandurant, subject, "Intestinal Obstruction." This paper was discussed by the following members:
Doctors Spencer, Conrad, Bell, Meyers, Colby, Willman, Ladd, Farber and Potter. Discussion closed by Dr. Dandurant.
The application for membership in our society from Dr. Jordan E. Ruhl and Dr. William Henry Bailey received their first reading and referred to the Board of Censors for their investigation and report.
Owing to the lateness of the hour, the papers scheduled to be read at this meeting by Doctors H. L. De Lamater and Dr. T. P. Scott were postponed to the next meeting.
A rising vote of thanks was extended to the ladies of the Red Cross Chapter for their entertainment and meeting adjourned.
W. F. GOETZE, Secy.
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Four Army Hospitals—The four army tuberculosis hospitals to be erected by the medical corps will be located at Asheville, N. C., Denver, Colo., New Haven, Conn., and Whipple Barracks, Ariz.
Environment-We are very much what others think us. The reception our observations meet with gives us courage to proceed or damps our efforts. A man is a wit and a philosopher in one place who dares not open his mouth and is considered a blockhead in another. In some companies nothing will go down but coarse practical jests, while the finest remark or sarcasm would be disregarded.—Haslet.
Loving Cup to a Missouri Newspaper-Every Missouri newspaper is eligible to enter the competition for the Loving Cup to be awarded during Journalism Week, May 6 to 10, 1918, at the University of Missouri to the newspaper which, in the twelve months ending April 1, 1918, does, in its field, the most constructive work on behalf of good citizenship. "Constructive work on behalf of good citizenship" is interpreted to mean promoting, by publication of editorial, news, advertising and other articles, the elevation of the standards of living and the permission to all men of attainment to these standards. Nominations for the award may be made by commercial clubs, literary clubs, women's clubs, civic leagues or other organized groups, by city officials or by individual citizens. They must be made prior to April 5, 1918, in writing to the School of Journalism of the University of Missouri and be accompanied by a written statement of the reasons for the nomination, together with a file of the issues of the newspaper nominated containing the articles for which special claim is made.
Edith Cavell was head of a nurses' training school in Brussels at the beginning of the war, and as a nurse did much for the German as well as allied soldiers during the invasion of Belgium. Brand Whitlock, American minister, tried in every way to have her life spared, but she was put to death by German military authorities in Brussels October 12, 1915. The execution of the sentence roused England and France and was commented on throughout the United States. A notable memory service was held at St. Paul's, London.
The Greater War-"In the various nations engaged in this war, in times of peace, over 6,500,000 die annually from prevetable diseases. There have been fewer than 7,000,000 killed in action on all sides since the outbreak of war. Obviously, then, all the battles in the interest of humanity and the interests of nations are not fought in the firing line. The perennial warfare waged against the invisible foe is as important-if not more so-than that now waged against those who are threatening the desruction of the very principles of civilization.”—Chas J. Hastings, M. D., President American Public Health Association.
Mal-Nutrition in Childhood as Reflected in the Draft-Secretary McAdoo announces that as a result of studies by the United States Public Health Service of the causes for rejections for physical defects under the selective draft law, it has been established that mal-nutrition during childhood is one of the avoidable troubles. The service is now considering a national program of cooperation with state, county, and municipal health authorities for the purpose of safe. guarding the health of school children. The Public Health Service has been engaged for some vears now in collecting valuable data as to the state of nutrition and mental and physical health of school children. In certain orphan asylums of the country, pellagra mysteriously made its appearance, affecting a large number of the inmates of an intermediate-age group, avoiding the younger and the older children. The experts of the Public Health Service on dietary diseases, investigated the situation and found that both the younger and the older orphans received a better diet than those in the middle-age group, the former because of their tender age, the latter because they performed work around the orphanage. Arrangements were at once made by the Public Health Service to supplement the diet of the group of children having pellagra, whereupon the disease promptly disappeared.
Journalism Week at Columbia-Journalism Week, May 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, at the University of Missouri will be this year of unusual practical value. On the program will be discussions of questions of immediate profesisonal interest and consideration of the new problems in newspaper-making to follow the war. The evening addresses will be of large significance and appeal. The week will be an occasion of real importance to Missouri writers, editors, advertisers and publishers. On the first day, Monday, May 6, will be the sessions of the Missouri Writers' Guild, of which J. Breckenridge Ellis, of Plattsburg, is president. The second day, Tuesday, May 7, will consider Special Features, the Metropolitan Press, Women in Journalism. The third day, Wednesday, May 8, will be Advertising Day, where the discusions by real experts will help toward filling the advertising columns with worthwhile business. On the fourth and fifth days, Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10, will be the sessions of the Misouri Press Association, of which J. P. Tucker, of Parkville, is president. The program will consider the Community Newspaper, Getting and Keeping Circulation, The Problems of Business, The Problems of News, The Problems of Public Service, Preparation to Solve These Problems, and Contributed Reading Matter. On Friday will be heard a report from the Central Bureau of the Association and the discussions will be of its further service in money saving and business promoting. Journalism Week will close with the Journalism banquet, Friday evening, May 10, as usual a fitting climax to a worthwhile week.
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To go in once more and fight. If you never have failed it's an even guess
You have never won a high success.