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Public Health Expansion
by State University The United States Government is resolved to Expansion in the work of agriculture, medo its best to restore every wounded American chanical arts and public health will be asked soldier and sailor to health, strength, and self- by the University of Missouri when the budget supporting activity.
is presented to the next session of the state Until his discharge from the hospital all the
legislature. The university already has a de
partment of preventive medicine, which, it is medical and surgical treatment necessary to re- hoped. may be enlarged so that a state-wide store him to health is under the jurisdiction of
public health movement may be conducted. the military or naval authorities, according to the branch of the service he is in. The vocational training, the reeducation and rehabilitation neces
Michigan Defective sary to restore him to self-supporting activity, is
Law Unconstitutional, under the jurisdiction of the Federal Board for Vocational Education.
A Michigan law, providing for the steriliza
tion of mental defectives or insane persons mainIf he needs an artificial limb or mechanical tained wholly or in part by public expense in appliance the Government will supply it free, will public institutions has been declared unconstitukeep it in repair, and renew it when necessary. tional by the Michigan supreme court, because it If after his discharge he again needs medical arbitrarily selected for sterilization those contreatment on account of his disability, the Gov- fined in institutions. The opinion shows that ernment will supply it free. While he is in the out of what might be termed a natural class of hospital and while in training afterwards the defective and incompetent persons the legislasoldier or sailor will receive compensation as if ture selects only those already under public rein service and his family or dependents will re- straint, leaving immune from its operation all ceive their allotment.
others of like kind to whom the reason for the A wounded soldier or sailor, although his legislative remedy is normally and equally, at disability does not prevent him from returning least, applicable. to employment without training, can take a course of vocational training free of cost and
Owl Drug Company the compensation provided by the war risk in
Adopts New Policy. surance act will be paid to him and the training will be free, but no allotment will be paid to his
The profession will no doubt be interested family.
in the recent announcement of the The Owl Drug
Co. stating that beginning December 1st, no Every Liberty Bond holder who holds his
preparations for the self-treatment of venereal bond is keeping up a part of this great work of
diseases will be sold in the 29 retail stores of restoring to health, strength, and usefulness the
the company, located on the Pacific Coast and men who have suffered for their country.
in the Middle West.
When such preparations are called for, the
salesman is instructed to explain the new policy Buchanan County Medical
of the company and give the customer a carefully Society Lunch
prepared confidential circular, which explains the Wednesday evening, Nov. 20th, St. Joseph
seriousness of all venereal diseases and the imdoctors and dentists met together at Hotel
portance of consulting a reliable physician and Francis for a fellowship lunch at 7:30. About
li 50 of the fraternities were present. After the Standard preparations, recognized by the promeal Dr. De Lamater made a report to the com- fession will be carried in the prescription room bined societies upon the recent influenza epi- and sold only upon the orders from a physician. demic. The report showed out of 2,000 cases Some weeks previous to this announcement there were 195 deaths, including those from pneu- the laboratories of The Owl Drug Co. disconmonia and other complications. A strong talk tinued the manufacture of several preparations upon the necessity of a city hospital was made for self-treatment. by the doctor. The society promised its support This innovation was decided upon after the in every way toward the success of the move- management gave due consideration to the rement. Moving pictures, operated by W. F. port of the Surgeon General of the U. S. Army Goetze, illustrating surgical procedures used showing an alarming prevalence of venereal disduring the war, took up the balance of the even- eases among the civilians who were examined ing. The occasion was enjoyable to all in at preparatory to entering the army. tendance. The meeting was one arranged by the The action of other druggists will be awaited program committee of the society. J. M. B. with interest.
The World Peace News
Windows Open Dr. Jos. Grindon, of St. Louis, calls attention to the fact that physicians, like other teachers, sometimes fail in conforming practice to precept. This truth finds illustration during the present prevalence of influenza by a visit to the offices
IN HOSPITAL of some of our brethren, where windows are al
Hushed and happy whiteness, lowed to remain closed in crowded waiting
Miles on miles of cots,
The glad, contented brightness rooms, thus not only exposing their patients to
Where sunlight falls in spots. additional ills, but at the same time seriously reflecting upon the doctor's interest in their wel
Sisters swift and saintly fare, or upon his intelligence. Open a window !
Seem to read on grass;
Like flowers stirring faintly, Victory, Peace and Glory enough for every
Heads turn to watch them pass. one who was fortunate enough to have been in it
Beauty, blood and sorrow, at the finish. History will tell us that the 35,000
Blending in a trancemembers of the Medical Corps are entitled to
Eternity's tomorrow full credit for their valiant and heroic service.
In this half way house of France. The Medical Review of Reviews announces
Sounds of whispered talking, that it has purchased and will absorb the third
La bored, indrawn breath; oldest medical journal in America—the Buffalo
Then, like a young girl walking,
The dear familiar Death. Medical Journal-founded seventy-four years
-Lieut. Coningsby Dawson, “Glory of the ago by Dr. Austin Flint, and published regularly
Trenches." (John Lane.) ever since. The journal was edited for many years by Dr. Wm. Warren Potter, and since the
A letter from Maj. Oliver C. Gebhart, who is the death of Dr. Potter the editorial chair has been Director Field Hospital, states that his command has ably filled by Dr. A. L. Benedict. The Medical been in the thick of the fight in the last brilliant Review of Reviews further announces that it will
. be greatly increased in size beginning with the
Dr. William W. Duke, of Kansas City, now a capJanuary 1919 issue but that the subscription tain in the Red Cross medical service, is on the way
from Paris to Germany to take charge of hospitals price will remain the same, $2.00.
left by the retreating Germans. Almost a Fortune—A typographical error in
Dr. B. Belove, formerly orthopedic surgeon of last week's issue of the Atchison Co. Mail made Kansas City charitable institutions, has gone to Fort an item in the county court proceedings say that Oglethorpe, Ga., where he has been assigned to a Dr. A. McMichael had been paid $1.995.50 for United States orthopedic hospital for the rehabilimedical services rendered at the county home and
tation of wounded and disabled soldiers. to destitute families. In correcting it to the Major General William C. Gorgas will soon resume proper $195.50 this week the Mail exclaims :
his work for the eradication of yellow fever in South
American countries which he was compelled to aban"Holy smoke! Nineteen hundred and ninety
don temporarily when the United States entered the five dollars would buy an awful lot of pills, and war and called him to the office of Surgeon General we couldn't help but wonder what the fifty cents of the Army. was for.”
Physical Training in Schools—While the general And whoever heard of a country doctor re- staff of the army is working out a plan of universal ceiving $2,000 at one time!
military training for submission to the president as a
part of the permanent army organization, Secretary A heart and a dollar_This is what the Ameri of the Interior Lane is preparing to ask Congress for can Red Cross asks of you; a heart that prompts legislation extending federal aid to the public schools you to make that dollar do its best work in carry
throughout the country for the establishment of sysing one more message of mercy overseas; a
tems of physical education and training. heart that bids you give, give, give of your com
Influenza Mortality Exceeds That of the War fort to add to that of our boys who are fighting
With the unfolding of the government statistics, it
will be shown that the late influenza epidemic has your battles “Over there;" a heart that makes
taken a much greater toll of American life than has you one with the sufferers who weary through the great world war. The reports so far from fortythe long nights of pain until dawn breaks over six large cities, show a total of 82,306 deaths from the dark, low mists of Flanders Fields and lights influenza and pneumonia. A liberal estimate of the up the row of crosses that stand for those whose
death loss in the American Expeditionary forces will
not exceed 45,000. lives have slipped away with its coming. Just “A Heart And A Dollar." Few of us indeed
Commissioning of Physicians Ceases—The Sur
geon General's office advises that since 10 o'clock of who have not as much as that. We have been
the morning of November 11, the War Department asked to “Give until it hurts;" let us give until discontinued the commisioning of officers in the we know it helps as well.
various corps of the army, including physicians in the
Medical Corps. This condition, it is stated, is in all theme "How to be Happy in Hell, or Results of Two probability permanent and favorable consideration Months' Experience in the Army.' will not be given to applications for commissions in This poor fellow read of one thousand bed hos. the Medical Corps until further notice. At the same pitals and two thousand bed hospitals and at once time favorable consideration on the recommendations came to the conclusion that right there was where for the promotion of officers was discontinued and no he belonged; and upon reporting to a certain division further promotions will be made until this embargo surgeon for assignment is said to have given the is modified.
surgeon to understand that it was a great condescenDr. Albert Lieberman, of Kansas City, was com
sion on his part to leave his comfortable home (as missioned a major and received his orders to report
though he was the only surgeon in the army to do to Fort Riley, base hospital, just a day before the sign
this) and because of this he greatly desired that about ing of the armistice. Military service is not new to
90 per cent of the work to which he be assigned be Doctor Lieberman. During the Spanish-American
surgical and the remaining 10 per cent medical. war he was the only physician from Missouri serving
He was given to understand by the obliging and in Cuba, being major-surgeon of the Sixth Missouri
courteous assistant to the division surgeon that "so Infantry. During the Philippine insurrection he was
far as possible" all requests of this nature were almaior and surgeon of the 330 United States Infantry ways complied with and assigned to a designated and after the battle of San Jacinto was brevetted lieu
field hospital. tenant colonel for bravery in attending the wounded
Upon reporting to the “field headquarters" he, of on the field under fire. It was in this battle that Maj.
course, asked at once that he be shown the hospital John A. Logan was killed.
and the obliging junior officer to whom he was re
porting seeing at a glance that he was a "Rookie,” A Few Words From Capt. Elam, who at the time took him across the company street and showed him the letter was written, was stationed in Evacuation
through the company mess hall and solemnly anHospital No. 6, "just back of the lines Somewhere in nounced that was the hospital and the row of square France."
tents at the rear in which the enlisted men were My Dear Dr. Fassett: A few lines to let you quartered as the wards. know I have not entirely forgotten my friends. We
The awfulness of the situation was just beginning realize that we are in France, but it is not the same to dawn on the surgeon, but the worst was yet to old France it was when you and I took our pilgrim- come; the following morning before daylight he was age to the Frog Country, in 1900. We are in the midst ruthlessly aroused from his slumber and informed of stirring activity. An evacuation hospital, no doubt he had five minutes in which to dress and get ready you know, is located just back of the field of action, for mess and then as if to add insult to injury he was and constant communication is maintained by motor ordered at 7:30 to fall in, begin the real work of cars and balloons. There is, of course, considerable preparation. By the time he had begun to master danger here, but to one that is willing to play life's the intricacies of four right and right by fours and game fast and furious, and to a quick finish, if the the soreness was just beginning to fade from his cards run that way, the danger only furnishes addi muscles, another trial was added to his already long tional zest. Surrounded as one is, by red-blooded list by requiring him to equitate one hour daily. It men who have in this great overshadowing epoch, was after his first hour of equitation that he decided lost sight of individuals, one can hardly pause to to write the book the title of which appears at the consider conveniences, likes or dislikes, or personal beginning of this letter. comfort. We are standing for something bigger, bet Gradually this man is coming to understand what ter and broader than any of our most astute and far it means to be an army surgeon and possibly at some seeing ancestors ever conceived to be within the other time we may have a glance at the other side range of human possibilities. In the light of a hope of the picture.
Yours truly, of this kind, is it any wonder that the life of the in
FRED H. CLARK, Maj. M. C., U. S. A. dividual is but as a drop of water compared to the great ocean? The service here is exacting and tiring.
YOUR PART The hours long, and ofttimes longer, but we work away to the tune of the aeroplane, the music of which What would you give could you see me todayis not unlike the mosquito, and we are stimulated You of the brown eyes so far, far away? by the sound of big guns when the activities are What would you give could I knock at the door especially pronounced. I am hoping that when I With a smile and a greeting to you as of youre? return I shall have the pleasure of bringing you one of the kaiser's ears as a souvenir.
What would you give that our days might be spent
Knowing no parting, no absence, no tears,
Could you give courage through days yet ahead?
From Maj. Clark
Camp Sheridan, Ala., Nov. 18, 1918.
Some time since you have asked me to write you something about “Army Life," and I have been intending to do so but have been rather busy and did not find a suitable opportunity until now.
I presume you want to know something about the “Army Life of a Surgeon.” Army surgeon, of course, is the person to whom I refer. I really should refer you for information to one of my junior officers or surgeons who just at this time is said to be writing (when he can steal away from his arduous duties long enough to write a few lines) a treatise upon the
I need not ask this of you, when I know
You will give this, and I'll come home some day-
-Leonard Painter, Serg. Artillery, A. E. F., France.
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Nov. 6, 1918. Regular meeting of the Buchanan County Medical Society was held at their room Wednesday evening, Nov. 6, 1918. Doctor Daniel Morton in the chair.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
The application of Doctor Solomon Eugene Meluney of Agency, Mo., received its first reading and was referred to the Board of Censors for investigation.
Following bills were presented and allowed:
service ............ Medical Herald, 27 subscriptions........ 13.50
On motion, which was carried, Doctor J. A. French was elected an honorary member of this society.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned.
An interesting exhibition of six surgical films was shown.
This being the date for the annual election the following members were elected for the various offices:
Dr. A. B, McGlothlan, president; Dr. C. A. Good, first vice-president; Dr. B. W. Tadlock, second vicepresident; Dr. W. F. Goetze, secretary; Dr. J. M. Bell, treasurer; Dr. P. I. Leonard, censor for years 191920-21; Dr. H. S. Forgrave, delegate for the year 1919 and 1920; Dr. Daniel Morton, alternate for the year 1919 and 1920.
Following resolution by Dr. Lau was voted upon and carried:
Resolved, That the president appoint a banquet committee, date of same to be left open awaiting the return of such members who had enlisted in the army and were expected home soon, and that the "Welcome Home" address be delivered by Doctor Daniel Morton. The above committee empowered with full authority to act.
There being no further business before the society the meeting adjourned.
Fougera's Magazine—The old established house of E. Fougera & Co. is issuing a Medico-Historical Series of real interest. The subject matter is of value and the profession will doubtless accept the series on account of the excellence of the reading matter contained therein.
Regular meeting of the society was held at the assembly room at the Public Library, Wednesday evening, Dec. 4th. Twenty-one members present. Doctor Daniel Morton in the chair.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
The application of Doctor Solomon Eugene Muleney of Agency, Mo., having received its second reading and properly endorsed by the Board of Censors, was voted upon and the doctor elected.
Studies on Anaphylaxis—The anaphylaxis number of The Doctor's Factotum is of decided interest on account of the excellence of the material presented therein. Physicians are advised to ask the Arlington Chemical Co., Yonkers, N. Y., for a copy of this instructive number.
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