The medical department has been unusually fortúnate this year in retaining its professors. The only one missed from last year's faculty s Prof. Abel, professor of materia medica. Prof. Abel will be sorely missed, for he had proven himself a competent instructor and a man of large ability and resources. Jn his place the faculty has secured a man fully competent to take his place, if long study and research in his chosen field count for anything. Dr. Cushing, the new appointee, is a native of Scotland, and received the degrees of A. M. and M. D. from Aberdeen in 1889. The following year he received a fellowship and studied in Swit.erland, investigating the properties of chloroform and ether. The next two years were spent in Strassburg as student, under and assistant to Dr. Smerdeberg, Professor of Pharmacology. Prof. Cushing comes direct frora the great centers of medical research prepared to teach the most recent discoveries of the great German specialists, and will be a valuable addition to the faculty of the medical depaitment.