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memberp, and al o donations from the public towards thismost useful in8titution. Grants had been made in sums
varying from 0220 to .,840 to each recipient during the year,such grants amounting in the whole to £ 420. There arenow 214 members, of whom forty-one had joined since thelast annual meeting. The annual income of the Society wasreported hy the treasurer to be £517, and the assets hevalued at £8965. Dr. F ster, in moving the adoption of thereport, expressed a hope that in future years their numberswould largely increase, and also that the general public,who did so little for the profession as a body, would cometo their aid and enable them to behave more liberally tothose who through misfortune were obliged to corue uponthe funds of the charity. Mr. Ij’1wson Tait moved a reso-lution to the effect that it was undesirable to add to thecapital account, but it was rejected by a considerablemajority. Dr. Freer, of Stourbridge, and Mr. WettkinWilliams were- then elected president and president electrespectively, and the treasurers and hOllOlary secretarywere re-elected.Birmingham, June 25th, 1877.
(From our own Correspondent.)
MEDICAL "BILAN" OF THE DISSOLVED PARLIAMENT.
WITH the departure of the Chamber of Deputies all theSchemes of medical reform which had been prepared fallto the ground. The Bills for creating new Faculties, intro-ducing improvements in medical education or in the prac-tice of medicine-the loi Roger Marvaise and others-alldisappear. The last Chamber numbered a great manymedical members, who had formed a group for the purposeof investigating questions connected with medicine or thepublic health, and bringing them to the notice of their laycolleagues, or proposing bills if possible. They were full ofgood intentions, but have not been able to accomplishmuch. On many questions they were divided amongst.themselves, and in some way they were viewed with mis-trust by their lay colleagues, who suspected interestedmotives, and thought qu’ils plaidaient pour leur paroisseThey were able, however, to effect some good by ventilatingmany subjects, by accustoming the Chambers to consulthe profession and to take cognisance of matters o*
public health and medicine; and two of the laws whichwere voted-that for the repression of drunkenness andthat for the projection of infancy-bore the name of " lawsof Dr. Theophile Roussel," one of the most influtntitil mem-bers o the parliamentary medical group. If the results ofthe next eleotinn are not republican or radical, th-re willbe fewer representativt’s of the profession in the Chamber;but, anyhow, it is to be regretted that such a compact andesteemed group of medical men should disappear from theforum. The Senate has not been dissolved, and it counts,if I am not mistaken, some medical senators; certainly one,of great note and high profe3siooal standing, Dr. Char:esRobin, professor of histology at the Paris School of Medi-cine.
CONCOURS IN SURGERY FOR THE PARIS HOSPITALS.
After a brilliant concours for three appointments to thepost of surgeon to the Paris hospitals, MM. Ptul Berger,Monod, and Pozzi have been successful in securing thatmuch desired nomination.
THE FRENCH SOCIETY OF HYGIENE AND THE EMPEROR OF
The Emperor of Brazil, before his departure from Paris,received the members of the Board of the French Societyof Hygiene. A few days before he had claimed the honourof being admitted a member of the Society, and at the first meeting which took place this was not only granted hutthe members assembled voted that., in recognition of the
Emperor’s devotedness to science, and his personal eminenceas a savant, Don Pedro should be elected honorary Presidentof their Society. To this the Emperor most readiiv acceded, and it was in celehration of this event that heanvited the members of the Buard to see him.
Paris, June 25th, 1877.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
Thursday, June 21st.INDIAN MEDICAL SERVICE.
In reply to Sir C. O’Loghlen, Lurd G. HAMILTON statedthat the discontinuance of the exami anun of medicalofficers for promotion to the rank of surgeon-major in theBr11 ish army was coincident with an entire alteration iathe constitution of that service, whereby the greaternumber of those officers will not be eligible for promotionat all, as their term of service is to be only ten years in all,whereas twelve years’ service are required to qualify forpromotion to the rank of surgeon-major. No such changehas been made in the Indian service, and the groundswberenn the system was originally adopted as desirable inthe British service still hold good there.. The point has,however, been brought to the notice of the Secretary ofState by the Government of India; but, as a report on thegeneral question of the organisation of the entire Indianmedical service is shortly expected from India, it was de.termined to await that report before coming to any decisionon this individual point.
Obituary.DANIEL ROSS, F.R.C.S.
ONE of the best known medical men for the last forhyyears in the East-end of London was Mr. Daniel Ross, ofthe Commercial-road, who died on the 16th of June, at 127,Potherton-road, Highbury. The chief facts and manner ofhis life may be gathered from the following statements.He was born at Sydenham, Nov. 1st, 1812. He studied atthe London Hospital, and commenced practice at Shadwellin 1833. He was divisional surgeon to the police (K) forthirty years, registrar of births and deaths for Shadwelland Wapping thirty-two years, and public vaccinator forthe same districts. He was also surgeon to five clubs. Hisillness began in 1870, from attending, with an abradedfinger, a lying-in patient, and contracting a specific blood-poisoning. In 1871, on Good Friday, he was seized withparalysis. Ptosis and affection of speech followed. Pre-vious to this attack he had been out thirteen nights inpuooession, and had been seeing thirty- five patients daily,independent of consultations with patients in his own
surgery.Mr. Ross leaves a widow and a numerous family to feel
his loss and to enjoy the memory of his character.
JOHN CRONYN, F.R.C.S.I.DEATH has been of late very active among the members
of the profession in Dublin. Last week we chronicled thedecease of Mr. Wilson, and now we record that of Mr.
Cronyn, Professor of Midwifery in the Royal College ofSnrgeons in Ireland, who died in Dublin on the 22ad June,after a somewhat lingering illness, in his fi’ty-first year.Mr. (’ronyn suffered from what may be called a generalbreak up of the system, his liver, lungs, and heart being, itis said, affooted. We referred to his dangerous condition inTHE LANCET of the 2nd inst., and although at the time abulletin was issued stating that a change had taken place,and that he was going on favourably, but few hetieved thathe would recover. He was a member of Council of theCollege of Surgeons, member of the Royal Dublin Society,and physician to the Bank of Ireland Medical A,sociation.
WE understand (says the " Naval and MilitaryGizotte") that the Secretary of State for War has arrangedthat the pay and allowances of army medical officers onhome service, shall be issued by Messis Vesey W. Holt andCo., of 17, Whitehall-place, from 1st July next. This is buti return to an old arrangement, for Sir John Kirkland,Messrs. Holt’s predecessor in but-iaess, was agent to theArmy Medical Department for many years. The contem-plated change, we may add, will not involve any expenseto the public.