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JAMA 100 Years Ago
October 5, 2005

SOCIETY CONVERSAZIONE.

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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2005;294(13):1705. doi:10.1001/jama.294.13.1705-a

At a recent meeting the Pennsylvania State Medical Society introduced what it announced as a new departure, familiar enough at medical conventions in England, but not often attempted in this country, and perhaps never before at a state medical society meeting. In addition to the refreshments and music by a full orchestra, at a general reception given to members, a series of popular addresses was announced for later in the evening. While the younger members of the society and their friends might enjoy the dancing and the music, the more serious-minded attendants at the function had the opportunity to hear various authorities speak on scientific subjects that are of special interest at the present time. Dr. Kellicott, of Columbia, New York, for instance, talked on mimicry and protective coloration, with illustrations of this ever-interesting subject. Mr. Kelsey, of Philadelphia, the well-known architect and landscape gardener and the designer of the model city at the St. Louis Fair, delivered an illustrated lecture on methods of beautifying cities. There was a demonstration of radium and of the mercury-tube light invented by Mr Cooper Hewitt, of New York. Besides this, there were less special features, as a lecture on travel by a well-known popular lecturer, a presentation of methods of mining by means of stereopticon views, special attention being given to the process of anthracite coal mining and the dangers involved in them. Dr. Hollister’s collection of Indian relics of various kinds, one of the most noteworthy collections in the country, was on exhibition, as well as Dr. Everhart’s collection of native woods and other interesting specimens. No little anxiety to the members of the committee of arrangements is often caused in their endeavors to fill up an evening. This is certainly an interesting way and it is worth considering by the other state societies. Under the busy conditions in which they live, physicians seldom have the time to keep abreast of recent scientific developments, though they may desire very much to do so.

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