Reports are coming in from all over the country of the plans being made by the various hospitals to celebrate this day, on which every homoeopathic hospital, barring none throughout the country, is to have a clinic. Beginning with the enthusiasm in the far West, a letter from Dr.A.K. Crawford, President of the California State Society, informs us that the men of that state have already established two centers about which the work is to be conducted not that day, one meeting at Los Angeles and the other at San Francisco.
This state is similar to others where there are few homoeopathic institutions, and the burden of the work has to be assumed under the auspices of the State Society, but it must be borne in mind that wherever possible State Societies should not hold meetings as the men must be left in their local communities to man the hospitals, the idea being not to strip the institutions by drawing all the men to the centers. The success of this day centers in the individual and the individuals work will redound to the greatest benefit to homoeopathy and himself if his efforts are spent in his own community.
Dr. J.B.Brown, of Denver, Colorado, has prepared a special meeting in Denver, and Dr.C.D.Fisher, of Denver, also has promised that he will be responsible for a clinic on that day.
Dr.Sprague Carleton, Second Vice – President of the New York State Society, who has particular charge of the Inter – Society Organization in the Empire State, has assumed charge of the work in the State. New York has twenty – two hospitals which have assured the State Committee that they would establish clinics on that day.
At the Cumberland Street Hospital in Brooklyn the Board voted to have rubber stamps made with “NATIONAL HOMOEOPATHIC CLINIC DAY, OCTOBER 19th, 1920,” and distribute one to every member of the Staff, and it was agreed that this stamp should be used on all stationary, envelops and every bit of printed matter possible. This method of advancing the movement should be taken up by every hospital in the country, and if the name of the hospital is placed beneath the date of “National Homoeopathic Clinic Day” beneficial results will be obtained far surpassing our fondest hopes. Let every hospital staff supply its members with rubber stamps for this big day and let every member use this stamp on every bit of correspondence from now until October 19th.
Cumberland Street Hospital has already arranged its program.
1st. Demonstration of Methods of Blood Transfusion.
1. Citrate Method, by Dr.G.H.Iler.
2. Direct Transfusion, by Dr. H.DuCret.
2nd. Demonstration of Methods of Closure of the Abdominal Wall with Presentation of the Parker Stitch, by Dr.W.H. Pierson.
3rd. Combined Sclerosis due to Anaemia and Cachetic Conditions, by Dr.W.H. Aten.
4th. Demonstration of Modern Methods of Gastric Diagnosis.
1. Chemical Method, Introducing Rehfuss Tube.
2. Physical Examination.
3. Roentgenographic Examination, by Dr. C.A.Brown.
5th. Demonstration of Gastric Surgical Methods by Dr.Roy Upham.
The Carson C. Peck Memorial Hospital in Brooklyn, in a report from Dr. M.T.Hopper, Chief of Staff, informs us that the hospital is to have a clinic on October 19th. Tentative plans being presented below.
1st. Various Methods of Tonsil Removal.
1. Tonsil Enucleation, by Dr.J.A. Stewart.
2. Thompsons Operations, by Dr. R.C.Eckart.
3. Removal by the Sluder Method by Dr.Royal Abbott.
2nd. Demonstration of the Laboratory Service in a Modern Hospital by Dr. Percy De Nyse.
3rd. Dr. B.W.Bierbauer is to present a paper of interest both to the laity and public, which will present the original views which he has advanced covering the function of the modern hospital as to its diagnostic aid in the prevention of disease by suitable systematic routine examination.
These programs will be amplified as this progresses, but they will serve as a stimulus about which other programs can be formulated.
Dr. H.M. Stevenson writes us from Maryland that he has secured the promise of Dr. W.H.Morrison, President of the Maryland State Society and arrangements will be made whereby a meeting will be held in Baltimore to which the members all over the state can be present. Maryland being a small state it is probably best to functionate in this manner.
Dr.G.F. Martin who has charge of the Massachusetts arrangements states that the Massachusetts State Society will adjourn at its regular date to meet and will arrange to celebrate “National Homoeopathic Clinic Day” by a series of meetings throughout the state, one meeting to be held at the Boston University. Boston University had better look to its laurels because Old Hahnemann of Chicago, has taken up this movement and is planning a three days celebration. The colleges should be the first ones to grasp the significance of the movement. If they present suitable demonstrations the return to them of students is assured. Besides the meeting in Boston, Massachusetts will hold a meeting in Worcester, Springfield and probably at other institutions throughout the state.
Dr. W.M.Muncy, Chairman of Rhode Island, assures the Committee that the homoeopathic hospital in Providence will establish a day full of interest. This institution is to launch a campaign for funds for a new building, and it is particularly these institutions which will benefit by attracting the attention of the public to the work done by the institution.
Dean Person reports from Pennsylvania that the following hospitals will co – operate:
Hahnemann Hospital. Hahnemann Hospital.
Womens Southern Hom.Hosp. Crozer Hospital.
Childrens Homoeopathic Hosp. West Chester Hom. Hosp.
Womens Homoeopathic Hosp. Reading Hom. Hosp.
Gen. Homoeopathic Hosp. Pittsburgh Hom. Hosp.
St.Lukes Hom. Hosp. Pottstown Hom. Hosp.
Wilkes – Barre Hom. Hosp.
Dean Pearson, at the Committee meeting of the Institute in Cleveland, assured those interested in the movement that everyone of the institutions would be represented.
It has been suggested that a record of these clinics be kept and that a book, titled “National Homoeopathic Clinic Day,” be published. There is certainly a large amount of material which will be available, and the Central Office of the Institute would be pleased to receive suggestions regarding the publication of such a volume. Every hospital should keep an accurate report of the work which is done on that day, and then a compilation of such a volume could be readily accomplished, if the financing could be arranged.
From far off Idaho Dr.H.M. Holverson, of Boise, came to the Committee meeting filled with enthusiasm, and even in this far away state, far from medical centers, he is arranging for several demonstrations on that day.
It behooves the homoeopathic institutions to be on the alert and extend themselves in every direction because from the indications, states, which are numerically weaker in homoeopathic physicians, are entering with greatest enthusiasm, and it is quite possible that the weaker states will have celebrations surpassing the big medical centers. What we desire to accomplish is a healthy state of competency by which each community has its efforts stimulated to the highest point of efficiency.