Home for Widows and Orphans of Physicians

Eugene F. Cordell
1912 Journal of the American Medical Association  
The following letter sent to Tun Journal by Albert 1'. Mathews, Ph.D., professor of physiologic chemistry in the University of Chicago, is ml cresting. Dr. Mathews' letter illustrates once more the much overworked scheine on the part of manufacturers of proprietary remedies of investing very ordinary substances with most extraordinary propertiesand names. "Inder the name 'Oleum Telesphoros.' an animal oil is being recommended for use in abdominal surgery for the purpose of preventing adhesions.
more » ... Whether oils of animal or vegetable origin may have such an action or not J am not. competent to judge, but I am much amused at the name of this 'sacred oil' and the claims made for it. From the description of ils origin it is obviously nothing more or less than 'oleo oil' or oleomargarine' as it is called abroad, and the chief basis of oleomargarine made in this country. Few would recognize it under the high sounding name of Oleum Telesphoros, and few probably would be willing to pay $2.01) a pint for it under its trade name. The slaleinenl that, being derived from the omentum and appendices epiploicic. il is hence -no inore than natural that one of its greatest spheres of usefulness should develop in its application lo abdominal surgery.' «ill carry great weight with those who believe thai kidney beans are a panacea lor kidney disease and that lunacy is due to the moon." Home for Widows and Orphans of Physicians To the Editor:\p=m-\Abouttwo years ago some of us instituted a movement for the founding of a home for widows and orphans of physicians. Since that time we have worked steadily but quietly for the raising of funds and now, sooner than many thought possible, we have seen the realization of our hopes and wishes by the purchase in fee of a large and handsome building at 1615 Bolton Street in this city. The house is a three-and-a-half-story brick mansion with a frontage of 20 feet and depth of lot 132 feet. It is in the choicest residence section, off the lines of street cars yet easily accessible to several of them. There is a wide alley in the rear and the surroundings are exceptionally good. There is a tiled vestibule, and a handsome staircase extends from the wide hall to the third floor. There is a fine suite of rooms on the first floor admirably adapted for receptions, entertainments, etc. There ¡ire bath-rooms on the second and third floors. As soon as the building can be put in order we expect to open it for a number of applicants who are waiting to enter. We purchased this property in fee because we thought, that, the Cesl plan and we did not wish to lose such an eligible offer. Hut, of course, this has involved us in considerable expense and we appeal to all members of the profession to aid us by gifts, large or small. We shall exercise the closest, economy, but the Maintenance of an Institution of ibis size will demand large expenditures and we must depend very largely on the liberality°f our friends, especially those of the medical profession. I '"n glad to be able to announce that we have just received a a desire that the liquor canteen be reestablished at army posts, hoping that thereby this l oungi ng\x=req-\ place may be made more attractive than the more disreputable drinking-places outside. If our soldiers cannot find agreeable amusement without booze to make it attractive it is time that a determined effort to refine their depraved taste be made by the officers, who have plenty of spare time on their hands; for surely it cannot be possible that ollicers themselves can be dissipated and they therefore could, by both example and precept lent to (heir work, elévale the minds nnd morals of (hese debased men to enjoy wholesome spoils and respectable amusements. 11 is as absurd to furnish our soldiers beer to make them happy and keep them straight as to turn a lot of low Women into the camp or to institute a legalized gambling hell, The difficulty appears to be the hick of control exerted by the ollicers over the men. the last condition that should exist in a properly disciplined army, and the unwillingness or inability of the same ollicers to enforce the laws and clean up and clear out the saloons, speakeasies and brothels that infest, like vermin the surroundings of an army post. If in times of peace our regular army cannot keep order within itself, or decency and law in its environment, is it worth maintaining for prospective wars? If we must allow tbe soldiers to drink in order to keep them sober when their services are not required, what good will they be when a cool head and steady, courageous nerve are essential.
doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260020047021 fatcat:dnftrr3tzzcv5j4ownw6p3inz4