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from Ayrshire to other sanatoriums until it could be ascer-tained that the treatment was likely to be successful. By aconsiderable majority, however, it was decided to go on withthe plans. In deference to the opinions expressed by severalof the large contributors another meeting of subscriberswas held last week to consider whether building should bedelayed until an annual income had been secured. Thechairman stated that they had collected £12,200 ; whenthe hospital was in full working order it would have40 beds, but in the meantime it was not proposed tohave more than 12 beds, but the whole of the administrativeblock would be built and the estimated cost was .B10,200.In the course of discussion Sir Matthew Arthur said that hedid not think it was practicable to say they were not tobuild until they had an income, because he did not thinkthey would get subscriptions towards maintenance untilthere was something to maintain. It was also pointed outthat the sanatorium would appeal to a county with a popula-tion of 240,000 and there should be no difficulty in securingan annual income. Eventually it was decided that £10,000should be spent in providing a sanatorium, including cost ofsite, and R2500 be ear-marked as maintenance reserve fund.
Northern Infirmary, Inverness.At the annual meeting at Inverness on May 3rd Mr. C. M.
Brown, honorary treasurer, reported that the ordinary revenuefor 1904 amounted to .E3548 and the expenditure to £5206,showing an adverse balance of E1658. The legacies receivedamounted to .BU22. The average cost per patient last yearwas E19 lls. 10d., showing a satisfactory decrease ofEl 16s. 6d. per patient. The daily average of patients was86 8, as compared with 76’ 3 in 1903. Mr. Alexander Grantexpressed regret that inroads were being made on capitaland Mr. Brown replied that they could only appeal to thepublic by way of remedy. Mr. D. Shaw, honorary sec-
retary, showed that the committee of management hadcurtailed the expenditure last year to the lowest figuresconsistent with fairness to the patients. Mr. JamesAnderson said that the deficiency was not quite so badas it usually was. For the past 40 years they had hadinvariably to draw upon legacies and it was perfectlylegitimate to do so. There was really nothing alarmingabout the state of the funds. It would take about 22 yearsto exhaust the funds at their disposal. The reports of thesecretary and the treasurer were adopted. Mr. Steele,banker, was added to the managers and house committee.Dr. W. A. Reid of Inverness was appointed house surgeon,he being the only applicant for the vacancy. Miss Maccon-nachie intimated her resignation of the post of matron,stating that she had accepted the appointment of matron-housekeeper of the Upper Banffshire Hospital at Duff town.The managers tendered their thanks to Miss Macconnachiefor her long services and the house committee was authorisedto advertise for a matron and to report. It was remittedto the committee to continue the negotiations with thetown council and district committee as to accommoda-tion for fever patients. ,
May 9th. __________________
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENTS.)
Death of Mr. C. R. C. Tichborne, LL.D., D.P.H.,L.R. C.S. Irel.
Professor Tichborne, who died at his residence, 15, NorthGreat George’s-street, Dublin, on May lst, was well knownto all the medical profession of that city, although he neverengaged in general or hospital practice. He devoted hislabours to analytical chemistry and was for a life-timechemist to the Apothecaries’ Hall of Ireland which herepresented for some years on the General Medical Council.He held the position of public analyst to many institutionsand boards throughout Ireland. Many resolutions express-ing the high esteem in which he was held by his colleagueswere recently passed, more especially by the Apothecaries’Hall, the governors of which assembled at a special meetingon May 3rd. Similar resolutions were unanimously passedby the Royal Irish Academy and the Royal Academy ofMusic. Professor Tichborne was a highly skilled player ofthe ’cello.
Jervis Street Hospital, Dublin.The annual meeting of the friends and supporters of Jervis
Street Hospital, Dublin, took place on May 3rd.. There was avery large attendance and the Right Hon. Lord Chief BaronPalles, who occupied the chair, delivered a long and eloquentappeal to the public in support of the charitable claims ofthis old-established institution.
Health of Belfast.At the monthly meeting of the city corporation of Belfast,
held on May lst, it was reported that the number of cases ofzymotic disease notified was more numerous than in the
April report, typhoid and simple continued fevers beingsomewhat more numerous, whilst cases of diphtheria anderysipelas were slightly fewer in number. The death-ratefrom zymotic disease was rather higher, this being mainlyattributable to measles, a disease which caused 32 deaths,those from all other zymotic diseases being 25. There hadbeen no case of small-pox notified since Feb. 23rd and therewas only one case in hospital which was still detained owingto complications. With reference to the new infectiousdiseases hospital, it was announced that it was proposed toput the whole institution under the care of a visitingphysician and to have no resident medical officer or medicalsuperintendent. Indeed, the house which was intended tobe reserved for a resident medical officer has now beendesignated as a diphtheria ward.
Rainfall in Ulster during A_pril.In April rain fell in the north of Ireland on 26 days
to the amount of 2’ 93 inches, which is more than the
average (2’ 53). The total rainfall for this year is now 12 ’ 07inches, which is over the average (11’ 74 inches).
Belfast District Asylum.There are at present 1082 patients on the asylum register,
361 males and 369 females being at Belfast, 290 at
Purdysburn, and 62 at Ballymena. It is very satisfactoryto find that in all the new buidings at Purdysburn there areno extras except in the contracts and this is one for a
corrugated iron roof costing R8 10s.Quality of Milk and Meat.
After the completion of his duties as high sheriff of Belfast,and after having been selected as a Parliamentary candidatefor one of the divisions of the city, Dr. Henry O’Neill wentfor a holiday on the continent, where he visited Copenhagen,Berlin, and other cities to study the inspection of meatand the milk problem. Since his return to Belfast, aboutten days ago, he has been giving the public throughthe local press his views on these questions. He is
strongly in favour of the stamping of all meat by themunicipal authorities, which is obligatory in the continentalcities, and he urges the same course of action in Belfast.Dr. O’Neill also describes the Danish method of dairyingas seen in Copenhagen, of which he appears to approve.A writer in the Belfast Northern Whig of May 9th con-gratulates Dr. O’Neill on the rapid strides he has madeon this subject." He was formerly in favour of sterilisedmilk, but the real principle of all scientific modern dairyingis to procure a pure untreated and natural milk, this beingdone by perfect cleanliness in milking, by lowering thetemperature of the milk after it comes from the cow, bymedical and veterinary inspection, and by delivery in sealedcans or vessels. This is the Danish method, as was pointedout by writers in the Belfast papers long before Dr. O’Neillvisited Copenhagen.May 8th.
PARIS.(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)
The Re-opening of the Faculty of Medicine.I HAVE already kept the readers of THE LANCET au courant
with the recent troubles at the Faculty of Medicinein connexion with the course of lectures given by M.Gariel which resulted in the closing of the Facultyof Medicine. After the Easter holidays the Faculty re-
opened and M. Gariel began his course of lectures againwithout any notable incident. The Corporate Associationof Students has addressed a manifesto to its members ask-ing them for the future to refrain from individual protesta-tions but to give such protestations an impersonal andgeneral character so that the association may be able toorganise some collective and legal method of interventionwith a view to the reformation of medical studies. At theconclusion of M. Gariel’s lecture a large number of his