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THE PRESIDENT-ELECT.—You have heard the motion; I rule that it shall be passed by a rising vote.
The motion of Dr. Brush unanimously prevailed by a rising vote of the Association.
Dr. Anglin thanked the members for their action. THE PRESIDENT-ELECT.—Is there any further business, with the exception of a few announcements of committees? If not, I will make the following announcements :
Committee on Arrangements : Owen Copp, Chairman.
Committee on Pathological Investigation: George H. Kirby, Chairman; Adolf Meyer, S. T. Orton, A. M. Barrett, H. Douglas Singer, E. E. Southard.
Committee on Occupational Therapy: Major Frankwood E. Williams, Chairman; H. G. Gahagan, W. Rush Dunton, Major Richard Hutchings, Walter E. Fernald.
Committee on Statistics : A. M. Barrett, Chairman; Adolf Meyer, Major E. Stanley Abbott, James V. May, George H. Kirby, Owen Copp, S. T. Orton, Major Frankwood E. Williams.
Committee on Program: George H. Kirby, Chairman; C. MacFie Campbell, H. Douglas Singer, Herman M. Adler, E. N. Brush, H. W. Mitchell.
Committee on Nursing: E. H. Cohoon, Chairman; L. V. Guthrie, James V. Anglin, Daniel H. Fuller, C. I. Lambert.
Committee on War Work: H. W. Mitchell, Chairman; W. L. Russell, G. M. Kline, Major Frankwood E. Williams, W. A. White, Edith R. Spaulding, C. B. Burr.
DR. OSTRANDER.—I want to retrieve myself for last evening, so I am going to ask the audience to face the piano and join with me in singing " America."
The members of the Association and their friends all joined in singing our national anthem.
THE PRESIDENT-ELECT.—There being no further business, I declare this meeting adjourned to meet in Philadelphia next year.
HENRY C. EYMAN,
Dotes and Comment.
The VOLUNTEER MEDICAL SERVICE CORPS.—A certain amount of misunderstanding appears to prevail in the profession concerning the Volunteer Medical Service Corps. This misunderstanding has been increased and a new and unfortunate element, one much to be deprecated, added to the situation by the attitude taken by some of the medical journals of the country and by certain correspondents in these journals. We are loath to attribute ulterior motives to any one, but some of the statements which have been made show a spirit of jealousy unworthy the authors and attribute sentiments to those who have been active in creating the Medical Service Corps which are very foreign to any which they have entertained or expressed.
The Volunteer Medical Service Corps, formed under the auspices of the Council of National Defense, is intended to afford an opportunity for those who by reason of age, institutional or teaching position or physical condition are not able to join the Medical Corps of the army, to enroll themselves in an organization through which they may from time to time be made available for such military or civil medical service as may be found desirable by the medical departments of the army.
This organization is purely voluntary. There is no obligation, except that arising from a patriotic desire to serve the country, to join the organization upon any one.
No official authorization has ever been given to any one to state that all physicians ineligible for membership in the Medical Corps of the army are expected to join the Volunteer Medical Service Corps, nor has any one been authorized to use any coercion to obtain members of the Service Corps or the Medical Corps of the army.
If any one, at any time, at any meeting of physicians or in any other manner has intimated that members of the profession are expected to join either the Medical Corps of the army or the Volunteer Medical Service Corps he has acted solely upon his
own authority and either from misapprehension of instructions or from bad judgment.
It should be clearly understood that the object of the Volunteer Medical Service Corps is the enrollment and classification of the profession with the primary object of furnishing its classification to the Army, Navy, Provost Marshal General, Public Health Service and Red Cross, to be used as a guide in providing for their needs to the best advantage.
It is not to be inferred that a professional man who does not happen to be enrolled and classified in the Volunteer Medical Service Corps may not be called upon to perform service in one of these several departments, but the medical heads of the army or navy, the heads of the Public Health Service, the Red Cross, or the Provost Marshal General, will each find it much more convenient to select from the enrollment of the Volunteer Medical Service Corps, with its classification of the experience, special qualifications and the availability for special or limited service, just the man or men they severally need, than to each make a survey of the profession.
The government is depending upon not only the loyalty of the community, but an intelligent use of the brains of the community.
Skilled men in all departments of labor are being classified and made ready to be placed where they can render the most efficient service. There is no reason why the skill and experience of those members of the medical profession who are not able to join the Medical Corps of the army or navy should not be classified and those members who are in a position to be called upon for special or limited service enrolled ready to serve.
No enrollment of the members of the profession who are eligible for the Volunteer Medical Service had been attempted, no classification of the men been made until this Corps was formed, and the objectors to its organization or its methods or purposes appear to us to have practically no grounds for their objections. There are on the contrary we believe many and urgent reasons why the Corps should receive the hearty support of the members of the profession.
RETIREMENT OF DR. EYMAN.—The many friends of Dr. Henry C. Eyman of Massillon, Ohio, Vice-President of the American Medico-Psychological Association, will learn with regret that he has because of ill-health felt compelled to resign the Medical Superintendency of the Massillon State Hospital which he has held since November, 1899.
Dr. Eyman was born in 1856 and received his medical degree in 1880. In 1884 he was appointed Assistant Physician at the Athens, Ohio, State Hospital and in 1887 promoted to the position of Assistant Superintendent of the State Hospital at Toledo, Ohio.
In 1891 Dr. Eyman was elected Superintendent of the Cleveland State Hospital at Newburg, Ohio, and in 1892 was made one of the building commissioners for the new hospital to be erected at Massillon.
On the resignation of the late Dr. Richardson, who had been called to the Superintendency of the Government Hospital for the Insane, Washington, D. C., Dr. Eyman was called to succeed him in the medical direction of the Massillon Hospital.
Dr. Eyman was elected Secretary of the American MedicoPsychological Association in 1915, and after filling that position in a very satisfactory manner was, at the meeting in Chicago in June last, elected Vice-President.
Dr. Eyman's resignation at Massillon does not take effect until January, 1919, but in the mean time he has been granted a leave of absence which is being spent in an endeavor to regain his health.
That he will soon be restored to a comfortable degree of health, and long spared for further useful work is the earnest wish of all who know him.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT.—The Obituary Notice of the late Dr. William Austin Macy which appears in this number of the JOURNAL is taken from the August number of The State Hospital Quarterly, published by The New York State Hospital Commission. Upon a failure to secure a notice, for which we had arranged, we were very glad to avail ourselves of Dr. Garvin's very full and excellent tribute in the Quarterly.
Diseases of the Nervous System: A Text-Book of Neurology and Psy
chiatry. By Smith ELY JELLIFFE, M. D., Ph. D., Adjunct Professor of Diseases of the Mind and Nervous System New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital, and WILLIAM A. WHITE, M. D., Superintendent St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington, D. C., Professor of Nervous and Mental Diseases Georgetown University, etc. Second edition. Revised and enlarged. (Philadelphia and New York: Lea and
Febiger, 1917.) This work opens with an Introduction which deals with some principles underlying a classification of diseases of the nervous system. Some criticism is made of old systems and the reasons as found in a modern conception of neurology and psychiatry are given for a departure from these. It might perhaps be pointed out that occasionally the authors accept as " thoroughly well-established” conceptions which are still waiting proof to make them well established, or which in some instances must always remain as theories being beyond the pale of proof.
Chapter I, upon Methods of Examination of the Nervous System, occupies over 75 pages and is very complete and clear. Following this chapter the book is divided into three parts. Part I treats of the Physicochemical Systems, The Neurology of Metabolism. Part II considers The Sensorimotor Systems, and Part III The Psychical or Symbolic Systems—Neuroses, Psychoneuroses and Psychoses.
To the readers of this JOURNAL perhaps an elaboration of the method of classification followed in Part III will be of interest, though no critical review or analysis of the contents of this section can be here attempted.
The first chapter of this section considers The Psychoneuroses, Hysteria, Compulsion Neuroses, Anxiety Hysteria. The Actual Neuroses, Anxiety Neuroses, Neurasthenia, and the Mixed Neuroses. The next chapter deals with Manic-Depressive Psychoses, the next with the Paranoia Group. Epilepsy and Convulsive types of reaction are considered in the fourth chapter of this section. Following the chapter upon Epilepsy are chapters upon Dementia Præcox, Infection and Exhaustion Psychoses, Toxic Psychoses, Psychoses Associated with Organic Disease, Presenile and Arteriosclerotic Psychoses, and the section concludes with a chapter upon Idiocy, Imbecility, Feeble-Mindedness and Characterological Defect Groups.
The work is one which should be read and studied by every student of mental or nervous disorders and by every practitioner who wishes to learn the most modern views held in this important department of medical practice. While some of the views propounded are yet to be generally accepted and some are already being to a degree discarded, it is well that the