We feel it encumbent upon us to give our readers a brief review of the 72nd Annual Meeting of the International Hahnemannian Association which took place at the New Ocean House, Swampscott, Massachusetts, June 3, 1953.
For those who denied themselves the pleasure of attending this convention, a short description of its locate will be pertinent. Swampscott is situated on the famous North Shore of Massachusetts Bay, eighteen miles from Boston and approximately eleven miles south of both Salem and Marblehead. Swampscott, therefore, is in the center of an area historically important and embracing many points of interest.
The New Ocean House, famous for its service and cuisine, faces Nahant Bay and, in fact, is but a scant fifty yards from the water. It has its own private beach and bathing facilities. The water is usually cold though invigorating.
Dr. Wilbur K Bond., President of the Association, opened the convention activities at 9:35 a.m., Tuesday, June 30, when he presided at the first business session. Those of our readers who recall the program of events for this meeting, published in the May issue of The Recorder, will note the discrepancy between the stated and actual hour of opening. This may be accounted for by the remarkable facility with which conventionaires drop all sense of responsibility once they find themselves comfortably situated in delightful surroundings.
Throughout the entire convention week, no meeting of either the American Institute of Homoeopathy or of the International Hahnemannian Association began on time simply because of the uncooperative irresponsibility of the memberships. As a result the entire schedule of events was disorganized and in consequence a number of scheduled papers could not be given even though the essayists were present and ready. This is a discourtesy which, it is hoped, will not be tolerated at future convocations. Many gray hairs were added to heads of those charged with the duty of planning, organizing, synchronizing and managing convention activities.
An opportunity was given music lovers to attend the famous Boston Pops concert on Tuesday evening. More than eighty availed themselves of this and were thoroughly rewarded by an excellent program of classical and popular music ably conducted by Willis
Page and played flawlessly by the famous orchestra.
The entire convention was marked by a feeling of determination that Homoeopathy should again acquire its rightful prominence in the world of medicine. To this end a Central Public Relations Agency was proposed by Dr. John Wilson of Ashland, Kentucky, President of the Southern Homoeopathic Medical Association. To this central agency are to be appointed two representatives from each of the following organizations: International Hahnemannian Association.
The American Institute of Homoeopathy, the Southern Homoeopathic Medical Association and the American Foundation for Homoeopathy. Members of the I.H.A. appointed to this agency are Dr. Marion Belle Rood of Lapeer, Michigan, and Dr. Donald G. Gladish of Glenview, Illinois.
The primary purpose of the agency is to promote adequate public relations for Homoeopathy in order to bring back its former position of prestige and respect. The agency is non- political and will be set up in such a way that it cannot be dominated by any one medical group. It is to function for the benefit of Homoeopathy rather than for the benefit of the participating organizations.
Enough contributions to the Editor’s Discretionary Fund were received at the convention to provide subscriptions and back numbers for several physicians and others in foreign countries who otherwise would be unable to have this contact with Homoeopathy., Many calls for free subscriptions to The Recorder are received each year. a proportion of these represent an attempt to get something for nothing and are ignored; but the majority are real cases of need-a need which can be filled through the agency of the Discretionary Fund which is open at all times for contributions from the those who desire to aid the cause of Homoeopathy in this way.
Attention is drawn to the list of officers of the Association as printed on the inside front cover. All are well- known to readers of The Recorder through their published articles. Less well-known is Dr. Harald Helleday of Stockholm, Sweden, who was made second Vice-President. The nominating committee wisely thought that the I.H.A. would be more truly international were one of its officers chosen from among its numerous foreign membership. In this the Association concurred by electing Dr. Helleday to office. The Recorder applauds this action and hopes a precedent has been established for future conventions to follow.
It will be noted that Dr. Kenneth A. McLaren has replaced Dr. Thomas K. Moore on the Board of Editors. Dr. McLaren is no stranger to Recorder “fans”.
In congratulating itself upon the appointment of Dr. McLaren. The Recorder intends no slight to Dr. Moore whose past services are deeply appreciated. But by his election to the office of President of the International Hahnemannian Association, Dr. Moore has been reserved for a greater honor than can be paid him in these pages. The Recorder fully concurs in the choice of Dr. Moore as leader of the Association for the coming year and extends him its best wishes, assuring him of full cooperation at all times.