BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)
At the close of the summer session Professor McKendrick gave his valedictory address to the class of practical pllysiology. He referred to the great clhanges which have taken place in the scienee and teaching of physiology, and traced in broad lines the developments which have occurred during his owin connexion with the teaching of -the subject. To John Goodsir he gives the credit of inaugurating the physiological school of Great Britain, for lhe was the first to introduce the " German'7
... ental methods. Many of us believe that the Germans learnt the method from this country. Professor McKendrick expressed the belief that during the next few decades progress would be made chiefly in the direction of physiological chenmistry. In closing, he stated that though there was a vast amount of research work carried out every year yet much of it seemed of a transitory and incomplete nature. For solid work time was needed, and he believed that it would be for the benefit of physiology if workers published nothinig for the next five years, but spent the time scrutinizing and revising their work. It is to be hoped that, now that Professor McKendrick bas more leisure, lhe will see his way to amplify this brief sketch of the development of physiological methods, and expand it into a detailed history of physiology. Such a work ismuch needed, and there is no one who is so fitted to write it as Professor McKendrick himself. THE POST-OFFICE MEDICAL SERVICE IN GLASGOW. Within recenit years no appointment has raised such general interest as the present vacancy in the medical service of the Post Office. On the death of Dr. Dougan, those in authority decided to proceed upon a new plan. Instead of appointing one man to devote all his time to the duties of the post, they have decided to split the work up into several districts, and appoint a local practitioner from each district, to be paid by a capitation grant. He will be required to give an undertaking to attend personally to all Post-office patients. In view of the enormous growth whichhas takeni place in the district covered by the Glasgow Post Office, it was perhaps inevitable that the appointment should be split up, but some dissatihfactionhas been expressed at the unequal way in which the division has beeni made. The districts vary both in size and in value. The most valuable divisions are the central and the southern. We understand that the number of applicants is large.