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The motion was unanimously carried by a rising vote.
DR. KILBOURNE-I thank you, gentlemen.
DR. PILGRIM.-I thank you very much.
THE PRESIDENT.-It gives me pleasure to announce the following Committees:
On Program: Dr. Arthur W. Hurd, Chairman, New York; Dr. E. E. Southard, Massachusetts; Dr. J. T. Searcy, Alabama; Dr. C. B. Burr, Michigan; Dr. J. H. McBride, California; Dr. N. H. Beemer, Ontario.
On Arrangements: Dr. William A. White, Chairman, Washington, D. C.; Dr. William L. Robins, Washington, D. C.; Dr. Oliver C. Brunk, Virginia; Dr. J. Percy Wade, Maryland; Dr. Henry A. Cotton, New Jersey.
This closes a very pleasant and successful meeting. I hope that it will be the pleasure of those in attendance here and many others to come to Washington next May and aid in making our sixty-sixth meeting a grand success. The Capital City people have always given us a very cordial greeting and treated us most hospitably, and they will doubtless do so again. But if they fail, remember Virginia is near by.
There being no further business, I declare this meeting of the Association adjourned. CHAS. W. PILGRIM, Secretary.
DR. JOHN P. BROWN.
John Peasler Brown died September 19, 1908, at the home of his daughter in Springfield, Mass., after a prolonged illness. He was a native of New Hampshire, one of eight children of a small farmer, born October 12, 1833. He was prepared for college at Phillips Andover Academy. He graduated at Dartmouth College in 1860, after he had obtained the means for his education by his own labors upon the farm and as a teacher. He taught in Louisiana for a time after his graduation, but the Civil War soon compelled him to return to the North, and he began the study of medicine. He graduated from the Harvard Medical School in 1865. Immediately thereafter he was appointed an assistant physician at the New Hampshire State Hospital, then under the charge of the late Dr. J. P. Bancroft. He remained at this institution from April, 1865, until March, 1878, when he resigned to accept the position of Medical Superintendent of the Taunton (Massachusetts) Insane Hospital. This position he held for 28 years, and concerning his occupancy of it his successor, Dr. Goss, in a memoir to be published later in the transactions of the American Medico-Psychological Association, writes: "When he took up the duties of the office in 1878 his life work may be said to have begun, what he had previously done being simply preparatory to the larger and more complete work. To develop and improve the efficiency of his institution, to raise the standard of care, improve the methods of treatment, and in every possible way to promote the health and comfort of those under his care, became not merely his life work but his life itself. At the end of his service, the hospital, within and without, in administration, organization, aims, and aspirations, was as he, and he alone, had made it, and when he finally felt it his duty to lay down the burden that advancing years and increasing ill health had made too heavy, he felt that his life's work was done,
that his life was ended. He was excellently equipped for his work. He brought to it, in addition to his ability as an organizer, administrator, and disciplinarian, sound judgment, rare tact, accurate knowledge of general medicine and psychiatry, together with the ability to think along comprehensive lines, and to deal with large subjects. He was an omnivorous reader and a ripe scholar. His knowledge of men was marvelous; he was seldom deceived, and his analysis and estimate of the characters of those around him were very accurate. The after-lives of his assistant physicians, in most cases, approximated quite closely to the judgment he had formed of them. Always dignified and reserved in bearing, his frankness, sincerity, and kindness of heart won the respect and affection of all classes. Though trained in the older traditions of his specialty, he observed closely the trend of the times and was quick to inaugurate any change or reform that seemed called for. Often the first, ever among the first, he never was the last. Between him and his trustees there ever existed perfect confidence and oneness of purpose and action, and his entire administration was marked by fidelity on his part and perfect confidence in theirs."
He married, in 1865, Caroline A. Stevens, of Mt. Vernon, N. H., and his domestic life was most happy. She died suddenly in 1906, and he felt her loss so keenly that he retired three months later from the responsible trust which he had administered for
so many years.
Notes and Comment.
THE PROPOSED NEW HOSPITAL FOR MENTAL DISEASE IN BOSTON. From the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal of May 20, 1909, it is learned that the Committee on Public Charities has recommended to the legislature the passage of a bill for the establishment of a hospital for the first care and examination of mental patients from Boston and vicinity, the bill providing an appropriation of $600,000 for this purpose. It is intended that provision be made for 100 patients, besides an out patient department, and laboratories, it being expected that from 1500 to 2000 patients will be treated each year, and that the length of treatment will average three or four weeks. It had been intended to locate this hospital in the neighborhood of Tufts and Harvard Medical Schools, but at a preliminary hearing before a legislative committee, held early in the year, there was shown a violent opposition to such location by various interested persons. It is hoped, however, that a site will be secured near the medical teaching center of Boston, as all who are interested realize how valuable such a hospital may be in affording more thorough clinical study of mental diseases by undergraduates in medicine. It is expected that the bill will finally be passed by the legislature.
TRANSACTIONS OF THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON NURSING THE INSANE-We are requested by Professor Pilcz to announce that the official general report of the Third International Congress on Nursing the Insane will be issued in July and sent to members of the Congress. Non-members can procure the report through Carl Marhold Bookseller, Halle.
INTERNATIONAL AMERICAN CONGRESS OF MEDICINE AND HYGIENE 1910. It is proposed to hold in Buenos Aires, Argentine Republic, an International American Congress of Medicine and Hygiene in commemoration of the first centenary of the Revolution of May 25, 1810, from which time Argentina dates its freedom.
An executive committee has been formed and a programme is in course of preparation.
THE MEETING AT ATLANTIC CITY.-The sixty-fifth annual meeting of the American Medico-Psychological Association at Atlantic City, June 1-4, was in many respects one of the most satisfactory sessions that the association has held.
In the first place an excellent programme had been prepared, and Dr. Pilgrim, the secretary, had it printed in a way which promoted interest in the papers presented, and encouraged a more active and intelligent discussion than we recall at any recent meeting.
The papers by Drs. Chapin and Evans excited as active discussion as any because of the subjects dealt with, criminal responsibility and expert testimony.
The committee appointed to consider what reforms, if any, are needed in the matter of expert testimony is an excellent one, and we trust that something of practical value will result from its deliberations.
It is to be regretted that the health of the president, Dr. Kilbourne, was such that he was unable to prepare the annual address usually expected from the presiding officer. The members of the association will, we are confident, unite with us in wishing for him a speedy restoration to health.
The affairs of the JOURNAL received more than ordinary attention at the hands of the association, and as a result of a recommendation of a committee of which Dr. William A. White of the Government Hospital for the Insane was chairman and of the editorial board, members of the association will receive the JOURNAL in the future at the reduced rate of $3.00 per annum. Every member, active and associate, should in view of this liberal concession place his name on the subscription list, and the superintendent or director of every hospital or other institution for the insane should see that the institution receives and pays for the JOURNAL at the regular rate.
The meeting next year will be held in Washington in conjunction with the other medical organizations constituting the Congress of American Physicians and Surgeons.
A full account of the meeting at Atlantic City will be found in this issue, as well as some of the papers read.