lhe history ot the chair or Iheory and Practice in the medical department of the University, is of a somewhat checkered character. More than the ordinary number of changes have been made in connection with this chair during late years and as a result a feeling of uncertainty and unsettledness has prevailed among the medical students, regarding this special field of work. This feeling has without doubt been dissipated by the accession of Dr. Doek to this professorship. A young man with marked scientific attainments, a splendid record for original research and ability in medical lines, has taken up the reins and is bound to do work which shall be satisfactory and redound to the credit of the institution. The doctor was born in Hopewell, Bedford county, Penna. His early education was gained in the common schools of that place, and later in Harrisburg academy. He entered the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania in 1881, and graduated with honors in '84. He now became an interne in St. Mary's hospital, Philadelphia, which appointment was gained byacompetitive examination. After a year spent in this work, he went to Germany, and for two years was connected with the great Universities of Berlín, Leipsig, Frankfort and Vienna. Five years werc spent in a close and scientilïc study of pathology, internal medicine, and various special branches, bearing on medical diagnosis, such as the throat, skin, eye and ear. On returning to this country in '87, he was appointed director of the clinical laboratory of the University of Pennsylvania, and physician to the medical dispensary of the Universily hospital. On the following year, he received a cali to the chair of Pathology in the Texas medical college, located at Galveston. He was at the same time pathologist to the Loly hospital and St. Mary's infirmary, and physician to the former. While in Galveston, Professor Doek made most of the original investigations and discoveries which have since given him a reputation among the scientific men of the country, and a place in their midst. While here, in the home of malaria, he carried out investigations with reference to this discase. Observations were also made on the etiology and pathology of dysentery and tropical abscess of the liver. Two cases of sporadic leprosy, hitherto unknown in Texas, were reported by him, and articles on various subjects have been contributed to medical journals.