Editorials and Medical Intelligence

1858 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
We agree with a recently elected presiding officer of a medical society, in a sentiment expressed by him in his speech on induction into office. He remarked, in substance, that he hoped the proceedings of the Society would be characterized rather by an earnest endeavor for medical improvement, than by tedious and too often wholly useless discussions in reference to the construction and application of the By-Laws. It was well known, he added, that in nearly every association there is at least
more » ... here is at least one man-who is "great on tho By-Laws," and of whom even " Tho Autocrat of the Breakfast Table " speaks; indeed, he may have originated tho phrase. Much valuable time is often wasted by this individual's (not the Autocrat) pertinacity in regard to the minuties of debate, parliamentary usages, &c. Whilst wo believe tin's to be very often true, it is greatly to bo deprecated that too much laxity should prevail, even in medical societies, as to the details of their management. Debate goes on better, and more time is obtained for it, when the proprieties are observed and tho regular times assigned for different exercises strictly adhered to. Whenever it is really necessary to depart from this order, no reasonable person will object to a suspension of the rules in the particular instances requiring it ; and if the man who is " great on the By-Laws "• should interfere under such circumstances, he should be at
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