Dana, with Drs. Roper, Elser and Hatcher, of the staff of instructors, are also availing themselves of the opportunities for research offered by this department. Investigations of ventilation in the several factories in the city have been made for the Board of Health and the Charity Organization Society.

The work of the Materia Medica and Therapeutics Department is reported as firmly established on a satisfactory basis. Suggestions are made for a more complete system of clinical therapeutics, provided it can be done without disturbing the class in Medicine in the dispensary. The matter will be taken up with Professor Thompson and Professor Loomis at the opening of the coming session.

In the Department of Pathology I desire to call special attention to Professor Ewing's report, which proves the contention of this faculty that undergraduate teaching and research work, both of the highest order, can be successfully carried on co-ordinately in the several departments of the institution. The pamphlet on Inflammation used as a text has been brought to date, and the similar work on Tumors is in process of revision. The text-book on Histology by Dr. Ferguson has proved of great value. A text-book on Pathology is in process of formation. The course on Bacteriology has been improved, and under the able hand of Dr. Elser is steadily advancing as a valuable adjunct to the undergraduate course. The application of Bacteriology to practical medicine is steadily maintained. The course on Embryology under Dr. Strauss continues to improve in value, and has already enabled the Departments of Physiology and Obstetrics to lessen the time they have heretofore been compelled to extend in this direction. Reference to Vol. V of Laboratory Annual shows 21 studies, all valuable, but I desire to call special attention to the extensive and systematic studies on Epidemic Cerebro-Spinal Meningitis, made by Dr. Elser aided by Dr. Huntoon in connection with the Commission on this disease appointed by the New York City Health Department. Professor Ewing's research work relates to Urinary Nitrogen in conjunction with Dr. Wolf and Mr. Osterberg, Eclampsia with Dr. Dryfuss, Graves Disease with Dr. Rogers and Dr. Beebe and Infe:tious Sarcoma of Dogs with Dr. Beebe.

The Sub-Department, Experimental Pathology, under Professor Buxton has engaged in notable works chief of which are Professor Buxton's Studies on Immunity, Dr. Beebe's remarkable discovery that specific antisera may be prepared by the use of nucleoproteids of animal organs. Dr. Rogers has applied this discovery to the treatment of Graves Disease, in which he has gained many striking results and cures, concerning the permanency of which, however, only time can fully tell. He has merited and earned great credit by judicious management of the clinical tests. Another striking result has been obtained, through an antigonococcus serum discovered by Dr. Torrey, which is applicable to the treatment of gonorrheal rheumatism. In conjunction with the Huntington fund, Professor Ewing has among other studies one relating to a transplantable infectious tumor of dogs. Professor Meyer has kindly allowed Dr. Beebe opportunity for investigation in the laboratory of the Manhattan State Hospital, where under their supervision, the problem of a neurotoxic serum is being worked out. Special problems which clinical workers in the several departments desire to elucidate, can now be studied by such workers with assurance of easy co-operation on the part of the staff of this department. In Medicine Professor Coleman is actively engaged in such work, and it is desirable that similar work should be undertaken by Surgery and its several special departments, and also by Obstetrics. Professor Edgar expects soon to have an assistant suitable for this work.

The Specialties all make satisfactory reports of progress, but special attention is asked to the Genito-Urinary Department, which shows more than the usual activity and efficiency. Owing to the advantage of a combined service in our Dispensary and Bellevue Hospital, opportunity has been given for the erection of the largest clinic of the kind in this country.

The course on Hygiene has been presented satisfactorily by a combination effected through Professor Moore of Ithaca, Professor Ewing, Dr. Biggs of the department of Chemistry and Dr. Woodbury of the Commission of Street Cleaning. We are especially indebted to Professor Moore.

One of the serious problems of the school relates to the Department of Radiography. The dangers connected with the use of the X-Ray as exemplified in its effects upon two of our workers with this current are such as to limit our desire to utilize it in all the directions which are being indicated. Every possible safeguard is at hand, but the enthusiasm of the workers it is feared may at times cause them to neglect necessary precautions. Continued efforts will be made to increase the scope of work in this department, and at the same time meet its insidious dangers.

It is pleasant to report success in our venture touching the changes in the management of our Dispensary. A physician was placed in charge, his duties, relating chiefly to the distribution of patients, and a supervision of the attendance of the physicians and surgeons working therein; in addition he is charged with the collection and care of the histories taken of the several applicants. Dr. B. P. Riley who occupies the position is to be commended for the admirable way in which he has discharged the duties of the place. Since March last a small fee has been charged most of the patients. The result so far as attendance is concerned is satisfactory; for the revenue derived I refer you to the Treasurer of the University.

Respectfully submitted,


Director of the Medical College.




To the President of the University:

SIR:-I have the honor to present the following report of the Ithaca Division of the Medical College of the College year 19051906.

As was anticipated, the number of students in atterdance is less this year than last. The decrease is not peculiar to our College but corresponds to a general falling off in attendance in many of the Medical Colleges throughout this country and Europe. This has occurred each year for several years past and is due in part to the prosperous times and exceptional opportunities in the business world which draw young men from the professions. With us the decrease is also due to the fact that all those taking the six years Arts Medical course have completed their work in Ithaca and that only those in the seven years course who have completed three years in Arts are permitted to register in the Medical College. We have but one such student this year.

At the time of the completion of Stimson Hall, it was found expedient to rearrange the curriculum in the Medical College so that many of the subjects which had formerly extended throughout the year were given in one term with double the number of hours. In this way, the attention of the students is directed to a few subjects at a time and he gives a relatively larger amount of time to each, and is thus able to concentrate his attention. This plan has the additional advantage of making it possible to obtain a closer correlation of the different parts of the course, and to arrange the subjects so that the work of one term is a preparation for the next. From the point of view of the teacher also, there are certain advantages in this concentration arrangement. When it is carried to its ultimate conclusion, he devotes practically his whole time to the elementary teaching in one term, and in the other term, has most of his time for advanced and research work.

The changes in the curriculum which were indicated in my last report became effective this year and have materially strengthened the course. With our present arrangement, there are each week in the first term of the first year, three subjects, Anatomy, Chemistry and Physics; in the second term, three subjects, Histology and Embryology, Physiology, and Chemistry. In the second year there are in the first term, four subjects, Anatomy, Chemistry, Pathology and the Physiological Action of Drugs; in the second term, eight subjects. The courses in this latter term are divided into two classes, those which continue and round out the work of the preceding year and a half, and those which cover the elements of the work which is to be taken up in the third and fourth years. This second term of the second year, therefore, forms the connecting link between the scientific basic work of the first two years and the practical clinical branches of the last two.

The curriculum is much overcrowded. In the first year, there are each week, twenty three University hours in the first term, and twenty one in the second. In the second year, there are each week, twenty one University hours in the first term, and twenty three in the second. Moreover, the work is largely laboratory so that the first year students spend each week, forty three and a half actual hours in the first term, and thirty eight in the second term, and the second year students spend forty five actual hours in the

first term and thirty six in the second term in the laboratories and class rooms. In addition to this, there is much outside study that must be done in preparation for the laboratory and class room work. To relieve as much as possible this pressure of work is an important problem. Something has already been done by close correlation, and it is hoped that a little more may be done in this direction, but ultimately, we must seek relief from some other course, as by relegating elementary Physics and Chemistry to the pre-medical course or extending the course from four to five years. In a measure to test the advisability of this latter plan, the faculty offered this year an optional five years course, which provided in the first year for the elementary work in Physics and Chemistry, besides Botany and Zoology. The course was not announced until the middle of the summer so that but one student registered for the work. The course in Arts for students preparing for Medicine, which was recommended by the combined Faculties in New York and Ithaca is found to fit in exactly with the new scheme of electives of the College of Arts and Sciences. It is believed that it is a great advantage that those who contemplate Medicine should have this help in selecting their subjects and it is greatly appreciated by the students.

There have been five special lectures before the Medical College this year as follows:

I. October uith, 1905, William M. Polk, Dean of the Cornell University Medical College, New York City, an address.

2. November 9th, 1905, Dr. Wm. P. Spratling, Medical Superintendent of the Craig Colony for Epileptics at Sonyea, N. Y., assisted by Dr. Walter G. Chase, of Boston, “Epilepsy and Its Treatment at the Craig Colony'.

3. December 6th, 1905, Dr. Fred C. Busch, Professor of Physiology in the Medical Department of the University of Buffalo, "Internal Secretions”.

4. February 24th, 1906, Dr. Walter B. Cannon, Assistant Professor of Physiology in the Harvard Medical School, “Some Recent Observations on the Motor Functions of the Alimentary Canal”.

5. March 2, 1906, Major Louis L. Seaman, M.D., recently with the Second Imperial Army of Japan in Manchuria, “The Humanities of War as Practised in the Russo-Japanese Conflict”.

The lecture and recitation rooms in Stimson Hall, whenever they were not required for the work of the Medical College, have

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