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to report at the next annual meeting of the American Medical Association, which was adopted.
The Convention then adjourned to 5 o'clock, P. M.
At 5, P. M., the Convention met pursuant to adjournment.
Dr. J. V. C. Smith, of Boston, introduced the following Resolution, which was read and adopted.
Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention are due to the officers and directors of the various institutions, who have politely invited the members to visit them at their own convenience,-to the Committee of Reception and Arrangements, on behalf of the Philadelphia Delegation, for the spacious and elegant accommodations provided, to the Academy of Natural Sciences, for the use of its Hall, and to the whole medical profession of the city, for the marked kindness, personal attention, and generous hospitality, which have characterized their intercourse with this body since the commencement of its deliberations.
On motion of Dr. L. A. Smith, of New Jersey, it was
Resolved, That those members of the Convention who left the city before the assessment of three dollars to defray expenses was made, be requested to forward that amount to Dr. J. Rodman Paul, of Philadelphia, by letter, or otherwise, as may be convenient.
Dr. Reese, of New York, introduced the following Resolution,Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to draft a memorial to the Congress of the United States, asking that a portion of the Smithsonian funds may be annually appropriated to the uses of the American Medical Association ;-which was seconded by Dr. Meigs, of Philadelphia, but laid upon the table.
A like disposition was made of the following, offered by Dr. M. H. Houston:
Resolved, That a Committee of seven be appointed to report to the next annual meeting of the American Medical Association, such modifications of, and amendments to, the adopted plan of organization, as in their estimation may be imperiously required, in order to accomplish the objects of its original organization.
On motion of Dr. Thomson, of Delaware, it was ordered "that the names of the delegates, when published, should be arranged by States."
The following Preamble and Resolutions, introduced by Dr. Henry Carpenter, of Lancaster, were laid upon the table:
Whereas, The difficulties which sometimes unfortunately arise between physicians in their attendance upon the sick, are frequently owing to improper procedure, or representations on the part of the patients or friends, from an ignorance of the etiquette which should govern the conduct of the respective parties towards each other; therefore,
Resolved, That the President of this Convention appoint a Committee of three, to select such parts of the code of Ethics, adopted by
this body, as they may deem expedient, and report the same to the Convention for approval at its Session to-morrow morning.
2d, That the Committee of Publication have a sufficient number of copies of the same printed, and deliver, or send, to each delegate a suitable number.
3d, That delegates request the editors of the public journals, in their respective localities, to publish the same as proper and useful information for the people.
Dr. Garvin, of Georgia, introduced the following Resolution, which was adopted.
Resolved, That the thanks of the Convention be presented to their President, Dr. Knight; to the Vice Presidents, Drs. Stevens, Wood, Buchanan, and Harrison; and to the Secretaries, Drs. Arnold, Stillé, and Stewart, for the very efficient manner in which they have discharged the various duties imposed upon them.
Dr. A. Flint, of New York, presented the following Resolution, which was passed:
Resolved, That it be recommended by this Convention to the medical profession of the States, wherein laws sanctioning and providing for the prosecution of dissections do not already exist, to unite in endeavouring to procure the passage of such laws.
Dr. Thomson, of Delaware, offered a Resolution relative to the organization of the "American Medical Association," but accepted as a substitute the following, presented by Dr. F. C. Stewart, of New York.
Resolved, That all unfinished business be referred to the "American Medical Association" about to be organized.
Resolved, That this Convention do now resolve itself into the "American Medical Association," and that the officers of the Convention continue to act as officers of the Association until others be appointed; which was unanimously adopted.
On motion, the President was requested to appoint a Committee, consisting of one person from each State represented in the Convention, to nominate officers of the Association for the ensuing year. The following gentlemen were accordingly appointed:
Drs. H. F. Askew,
On motion of Dr. Bishop, of Connecticut, it was
Resolved, That the Delegates of every Society or Association, represented in this body, be requested to send to the Secretaries the
form of organization, or act of incorporation, and constitution of their Society or Association with a list of its members.
Dr. Griscom, of New York, moved that the Report on the nomenclature of diseases, be referred to the Committee on Registration, appointed at the morning session. It being objected that this committee was created by the Convention, the Association, on motion of Dr. F. C. Stewart confirmed the appointment of the Committee, and the Report was referred accordingly.
Dr. Humes, of Pennsylvania, offered a resolution, directing the Committee on Registration to report on the subject of premature interments, which was laid upon the table.
The Committee appointed to nominate Officers for the American Medical Association reported the following nominations.
President, Dr. NATHANIEL CHAPMAN, of Pennsylvania.
Vice Presidents.-Drs. Jonathan Knight, Conn.; Alexander H. Stevens, N. Y.; James Moultrie, S. C.; A. H. Buchanan, Tenn. Secretaries,-Drs. Alfred Stillé, Philadelphia; J. R.W.Dunbar, Bal
Treasurer,-Dr. Isaac Hays, Philadelphia.
It was determined, on motion of Dr. J. L. Atlee, of Pennsylvania, that the vote of the Convention for Officers be taken viva voce.
Dr. A. H. Stevens, of New York, moved a reconsideration of this motion, which was carried, and on motion of Dr. Askew, of Delaware, the vote was ordered to be taken by ballot. Drs. Blatch fotd, of New York, and Haxall, of Virginia, were appointed tellers, and declared that the nominees of the Committee were unanimously elected Officers of the Association for the ensuing year.
On motion of Dr. Thomson, of Delaware, a committee of five was ordered to wait upon the President elect, and invite him to take the Chair. For this purpose the President appointed Drs. Twitchell, of N. H.: E. Ives, of Conn.; Corbin, of Va.; Jervey, of S. C.; and Annan, of Ky.
Dr. J. V. C. Smith, of Mass., moved to take up his resolution in regard to the next place of meeting of the Association, and the invitation of the Delegates from Baltimore having been called for and read, it was, on motion, resolved, that their invitation be accepted.
Dr. Watson, of New York, moved for a committee of seven, to nominate members of the Standing Committees named in the plan of organization, but the motion was so amended as to empower the President and Vice Presidents, to appoint these Committees in time for the publication of the proceedings, and the motion, thus amended, was passed.
On motion of Dr. N. S. Davis, of N. Y., his resolution relative to a committee, to report on the indigenous Botany of the several states was taken from the table and adopted.
Dr. Chapman, the President elect, was then introduced, and on taking the chair, made the following remarks:
He said he could find no language to express the depth of his gratitude. It had often been his good fortune during his professional life
to have been complimented in the same manner, though not in the same degree. This was the most precious of all the honours he had received, as spontaneously conferred by his own brethren. He confessed his incompetency to serve the Association as he could desire. He said he loved his profession, and should be ungrateful if he did not: whatever he possessed in this life, had been bestowed by its favours; when he forgot it, or deserted it and its disciples, he remarked with great emphasis, may Almighty God forget and desert me. He desired that the Association should be persuaded of his ardent wishes for the cause, and that his most strenuous efforts would be unceasingly directed to advance the dignity of the profession, and extend its usefulness.
The following was offered by Dr. John B. Johnson, of Missouri: Whereas, numberless and important evils result from the almost universal practice of allowing persons wholly ignorant of drugs and medicines to engage as apothecaries; and still greater from the universal traffic in patent and secret medicines,
Therefore, resolved, that the Committee on Education inquire into the expediency of establishing a school or schools of Pharmacy in the respective States, for the special purpose of preparing persons for the business of apothecaries; and also the expediency of adopting a rule that no physician ought to patronize a druggist or apothecary who deals in patent and secret medicines-and report at the next annual meeting of the Association. Adopted.
The following was offered by Dr. F. Campbell Stewart, of New York:
Resolved, That the Committee on Publication be directed to have published not less than two thousand copies of the proceedings of the late Convention, with the Reports, and of this Association up to the period of its adjournment; and distribute the same to the members of the Association. Passed.
After which, on motion, the Association adjourned to meet in Baltimore on the first Tuesday of May, 1848.
At a meeting of the President and Vice Presidents of the "American Medical Association," held on May 8th, 1947, the following Standing Committees were appointed in pursuance of the order of the Association :
Committee on Practical Medicine.
Dr. Joseph M. Smith, N. Y., Chairman.
Dr. René La Roche, Phila.
66 G. S. Camman,
Committee on Surgery.
Dr. George W. Norris, Philada., Chairman.
Dr. Isaac Parrish, Philada.
John Watson, N. Y.
Dr. Jacob Randolph, Phila.
"H. H. M'Guire, Petersburg, Va.
"A. L. Peirson, Salem, Mass. C. Bell Gibson, Balt.
Committee on Obstetrics.
Dr. Harvey Lindsley, D. C., Chairman.
Dr. G. C. M. Roberts, Balt. Dr. W. Channing, Boston.
"R. W. Haxall, Richmond, Va. " S. Annan, Lexington, Ky. Committee on Medical Literature.
Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Chairman.
Dr. E. Hale,
Austin Flint, Buffalo.
Committee on Medical Education.
Dr. Amos Twitchell, Keene,N. H. Dr. R. D. Arnold, Savannah.
Committee on Publication.
Dr. Isaac Hays, Philada. Chairman.
Dr. J. R. W. Dunbar, Balt.
Committee on Indigenous Botany, under the Resolution of Dr. N. S.
Dr. N. S. Davis, Binghamton, N. Y., Chairman.
Dr. S. W. Williams, Mass.
"Eli Ives, Conn.
W. A. Cheetham, Tenn.