The Editor and Business Manager submits the following report on The Homoeopathic Recorder for the year ending May 31, 1932.
This report covers the period completing four and one-half years since the international Hahnemannian Association took over the ownership and control of The Recorder. Our journal has steadily increased in power and influence in the homoeopathic world. It is looked upon by a very large percentage of Hahnemannian as the best teaching journal published, holding the highest rank of any homoeopathic periodical in the English language. We have received many congratulatory letters on its standing.
In The Recorder columns may be found many important and valuable contributions to homoeopathic literature. The Additions to Kents Repertory by Dr. C.M. Boger; the complete and carefully developed articles on materia medica by Dr. Margaret Burgess-Webster; the work on the repertories and repertory analysis; original papers on research and cancer treatment; besides many other articles of practical value, the Pointers, Carriwitchets, reviews of homoeopathic journals of the world and the many helpful editorials, make altogether a very great contribution to homoeopathic literature.
The general makeup of the journal has been maintained on a high plane and we have striven to hold our position without rancor, believing that homoeopathy is such a tremendous and vital subject that by teaching its truths in a positive and constructive way we can best show the value of our art of healing, avoiding criticism of those who differ from us. There is no room in our publication for anything save constructive homoeopathy.
Regarding advertisements, we have endeavored to obtain advertising that would be acceptable to the I.H.A. membership and the vote of the Association, instructing us to accept only such advertisements as were homoeopathic has been carefully followed. It has been rather difficult to obtain such advertising, because of the limited circulation of the journal, for those who are interested in advertising desire a wider field. We have recently added one full page of advertising matter through the medium of an advertising agency at the request of the client. Through this agency we hope to get other advertisements of acceptable products.
Last year the Business Manager called attention to the ideal journal which we hope some day to publish. We look forward of publishing The Homoeopathic Recorder as a medium for homoeopathic literature and the propagation of the healing art without any advertising whatever thus placing our publication in a unique position. This recommendation met with the hearty approval of the Executive Committee and the Board of Editors.
At the present time, if The Homoeopathic Recorder is to survive at all, we must accept all the financial aid we may from any and all sources.
We have continued to carry out the contract with Boericke and Tafel, having now completed four and one-half years of their advertising, and his leaves but six months more to fulfil this contract. At the expiration of that time we will be under no obligation to carry any advertising except as we may contract for at satisfactory rates, and we hope to make arrangements with this firm for considerable space. Boericke and Tafel have been generous with us having contributed last year and the year before toward our current expense fund. This year they deem that financial conditions do not warrant their contributions.
At present we are printing 1,400 journals, of which 225 are saved unbound until the expiration of the year. Last year we bound volumes for members who desired them. These volumes contain the papers presented at the convention and printed in The recorder together with other material including the transactions of the business sessions and the directory of the members.
We have again refrained from printing the index because of lack of funds. This is an exceedingly valuable work, for it is a review of current homoeopathic literature. This is not only an index of the articles printed in our journal, but an index of the articles printed in our journal, but an index of the homoeopathic journals of the world as reviewed in The Recorder with a cross index as well. This work was carried out by Dr. Lyle, and embraces the equivalent of about two full numbers of The Recorder each year. If there could be a way provided for continuing this work, it would be a very valuable contribution to homoeopathic literature.
the Homoeopathic Recorder continued to be listed in the American medical index, which lists all things medical in the united States that is considered worthy of recognition. This is one of the two homoeopathic journals so reviewed.