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Meeting of HOMOEOPATHIC PHYSICIANS AT PHILADELPHIA. - Prior to the commencement of Vol. III. of the American Homoeopathic Review (the first volume under the present Editors), a meeting of the friends of the Review was held in New York, for the purpose of discussing and agreeing upon the principles upon which the Review should be conducted.
In June, 1863, the friends of the Review were again assembled in council at Philadelphia. At this meeting, after the affairs of the Review had been satisfactorily disposed of, other matters of general interest to the profession were brought forward.
The great need of trustworthy standard works on Homoeopathy - as for ex ample, a complete Materia Medica, a full and correct Repertory, a work on Characteristics, etc., - was freely expressed and appreciated. The difficulties of various sorts which have hitherto stood in the way of the publication of such works of the above character as are now ready for the press, or nearly so, were explained and discussed; and it was finally resolved to appoint a committee to report at the next meeting on the subject of the establishment of a Publishing Society for the publication of standard homoeopathic works, and to devise a plan for the organization of such society, it such a step seem desirable.
On the 3Ist day of May, 1864, the friends of the Review again met by invitation at the house of Dr. C. Hering, in Philadelphia. There was a large attendance, and much interest was manifested in the topics presented for discussion.
Stated business was postponed to the meeting of the next day, in order to give the members present an opportunity of listening to a statement of the recent changes in the Homoeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania, and the present condition of that institution. The Faculty has been completely reorganized; the professors without exception are strict and thorough Homoeopathicians, and really believe and practice what they profess to teach. They are moreover men eminent in their various departments.
It is a matter or sincere congratulation to members of our school everywhere, that the oldest Homoeopathic college in the world, which started with such brilliant prospects of usefulness, but which, falling into unworthy hands, had sunk so low as to utterly lose the confidence and support of every Homoeopathician, has been raised again to a condition in which it will certainly more than fulfill the brightest promises of the past.
With Drs. Hering, Raue, Lippe, Guernsey and Starkey, occupying the chairs respectively of the Institutes of Medicines, Diagnostics, Materia Medica, Obstetrics and Surgery, we have the completest guarantee of such a course as will qualify students to enter on their practical career with a thorough and accurate knowledge of the science and art of homoeopathic medicine and surgery.
The committee appointed in 1863 to consider the subject of a Publishing Society, and report a plan for the organization of such a society, submitted a full report, together with a plan. This plan, after being modified by the Society, was adopted. It was as follows:-
2. Homoeopathic physicians, members of the American Institute of Homoeopathy, of the Western Institute of Homoeopathy, or of any State or County Homoeopathic Medical Society, may become members of this Society on payment of the sum of One Dollar.
3. The officers of the Society shall be two Secretaries, one for the East and one for the West, a Treasurer and an Executive Council of five members, the chairman of which shall preside at the annual meeting of the society.
4. The fund resulting from the payment of fees by members shall be held by the treasurer to defray expenses of correspondence, etc., subject to the order of the executive council. The treasurer shall report to the yearly meeting.
5. Works prepared for publication may be submitted by the authors to the Executive Council, which shall report upon the works by circular to the members of the society. Works not accepted by the Executive Council may be presented to the society at its yearly meeting, and be by it referred to a special committee, which shall act, with regard to this work, in the capacity of the Executive Council.
6. When the Executive Council, or a special committee, as above provided, shall have accepted a work presented to them, they shall issue and circulate among the profession by means of the journals, or through the mails, or both, a prospectus of the work thus endorsed and accepted, stating its plan and scope and inviting subscriptions.
7. With this endorsement of the work, and with the subscriptions obtained in response to these invitations, the work shall be returned to the author that arrangements may be made by him for its publication.
The election of officers being now in order, it was agreed that, inasmuch as the number of members present was very small in comparison with the number who might be expected to join as soon as the plan should be made public, the election should be for provisional officers, to hold office only until a general meeting should be convened after due public notice.
The society then adjourned subject to the call of the provisional executive council. It is understood that the opening of the course of lectures in the Philadelphia Homoeopathic College will be celebrated with ceremonies of unusual interest, and that Homoeopathicians throughout the country will be invited to attend: that this opportunity will be taken by the provisional executive council of the Publication Society to call a meeting of the members for the election of permanent officers and the commencement of business. Mean while, in order to bring the matter before the profession, and to invite the participation of homoeopathic physicians throughout the country, the Executive Council issue the following
Resolved, That the want of good and reliable English literature on the subject of Homoeopathy is generally felt; and that, to meet this want and to further the progress of our school, it is desirable to establish, at once, a Publication Society.
The physicians present formed a temporary organization, and elected a provisional board of officers, whose July it is to call upon you, as one of the profession, and invite you to become a member of this Publication Society.
Members of the American Institute of Homoeopathy, or of the Western Institute, or of any State or County Medical Society, may become members of the Publication Society by sending their names to the Secretary for the East, Dr. Carroll, Dunham, 68 East 12th St., New York, or to the Secretary for the West, Dr. E. M. Hale, Chicago, Ill and by remitting to the Treasurer, Dr. Henry M. Smith, 484 Broadway, New York, the sum of One Dollar.
As soon as a sufficient number of members shall have joined to guarantee the success of a permanent organization, each member will be notified by invitation to participate in the permanent organization of the society and in the election of permanent officers. At these elections members vote by ballot. If unable to attend the meeting in person, a member may vote by proxy. The officers will be elected for the term of three years, and will consist of one treasurer, two secretaries, one for the East and one for the West, and an executive council of five members.
If to work be accepted, it will at once be announced to the members of the society, and this announcement will be accompanied by a request for a subscription for the work at a stated price. When a sufficiently large subscription list, shall have been obtained, the manuscript with the endorsement of the executive council and the subscription list will be returned to the author, who can then make his own terms with the publisher.
If the manuscript should be rejected it will be returned to the author. But should the author be a member of the society, he shall have the right to present his manuscript again at the next annual meeting and to have it referred to a special committee.
It is most earnestly hoped that this effort may result in the publication of works of solid merit and correct execution - works on which the practitioners may rest in confidence that their statements are correct, and that they comprise all that is known on the subject. To this end it Is necessary that physicians throughout the country give their hearty support to the enterprise. The only payment required is the initiation fee of One Dollar to defray the expenses of correspondence, circulars, etc. When a work is ready for publication and accepted, members will be called upon to subscribe for it at a stated price. No such call will be made unless the work is actually ready for the press. Those who are familiar with the studies in Materia Medica, which Dr. Hering has been making for thirty years past, who know the extent which he has gathered and collated all that is known of our remedies, adding to what has been already published in books and journals, vast quantities of observations never yet made public - who know, too, that in no other way save through the medium of a publishing society is this treasury of knowledge likely ever to be opened to us - will most gladly take part in the permanent organization of this Publication Society.
It may not be improper to state that the first part of Dr. Hering's work is now prepared for the press, and will be laid before the executive council as soon as permanent officers shall have been elected. How soon this will be must depend on the alacrity with which homoeopathic physicians respond to the invitation to become members of the Society. C. Dunham, M.D., Sec.
|Source:||The American Homoeopathic Review Vol. 05 No. 01, 1864, pages 36-39|
|Description:||Miscellaneous; Meeting of Homoeopathic Physicians at Philadelphia; Desire to establish a Publication Society|
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