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October 20, 1883

Transactions of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of the State of Maryland.

JAMA. 1883;I(15):463-464. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390150027012

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The first fifty pages of this volume contain minutes of the annual and special meetings and the reports of the various officers and committees. The president's address is by Wm. M. Kemp, and following it is an admirable address upon Medical Bibliography, by John S. Billings. The report of the Section of Surgery is by Oscar J. Coskery, in which he attempts to " strike the balance" of present opinion upon the subjects of Gastrostomy, Splenectomy, and Nephrectomy. Dr. Richard H. Thomas made the report of the Section on Practice. This consisted of a carefully prepared and laborious paper, on the Influence of Season and Weather on the Death Rate from Diptheria in Baltimore. His conclusions will be of interest, and we will, therefore, copy them here:

  1. " While the weather alone does not regulate the absolute number of deaths from diphtheria, it has an important hearing upon the rise and fall

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