JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
The Harvey Society of New York is described in its constitution as “a
society for the diffusion of the knowledge of the medical sciences.”
The particular object, judging from the program of its first course of lectures,
appears to be to bring the results of investigations in the medical sciences
directly to those engaged in the practice of medicine as well as to others.
The lectures are given under the auspices of the New York Academy of Medicine.
The program of the course for 1905-6 includes lectures by Professor Hans Meyer
on “Die Theorie der Narcose;” Professor Carl von Noorden, “Modern
Problems in Metabolism;” Professor F. G. Novy, “Trypanosomes;”
Dr. R. A. Levene, “Autolysis;” Professor W. H. Park, “A
Critical Study of Serum Therapy;” Professor L. F. Barker, “The
Neurones;” Professor F. S. Lee, “Fatigue;” Professor T.
H. Mendel, “The Formation of Uric Acid” Professor T. H. Morgan,
“Regeneration in Man and Other Vertebrates;” Professor C. S. Minot,
“The Nature and Cause of Old Age;” Professor J. C. Webster, “Modern
Views Regarding Placentation;” Professor Theobald Smith, “Some
Phases of Tuberculosis;” and Professor W. H. Howell, “The Cause
of the Heart Beat.” This is certainly a distinguished company, and the
Harvey Society is congratulated on the solid attractiveness of its first annual
program. It was a happy idea to establish a society of this kind and purpose.
It means a new agency for the popularization, especially among the medical
men of New York city, of the results of scientific investigation in various
fields of medical and also general interest. Perhaps other medical centers
may find it advantageous to establish somewhat similar means for the same
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