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Homeopathy In The Legislature

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The Lansing correspondent of the Devoit Tribune thtis describes the several ïomeopathic propositions pending before .he Legislature ; Throe or four distinct propositi ons in is mauy different bilis have been introluoed l'or the settlement of that aacient subject ot eontention, the establishment of homeopathy in tho State University. The different plans aro becoming so numerous as to confuse tho ques,tioii somewliat. One bill, introdueed by Si'iiiitoT Dewey, of Barry, at tho request of somo f his coaistituents, simply provides fcr the appointment of two honieopathic professors in tho Medical Department at Aun Arbor, who shall receive tho same Balary as tho present members of the Faculty, and shull give instruetion in lia Medica, and in the Theory and Pvactiee of Medicine. Another bilí, coming from Detroit, and submittod by Senator Crosby , of Kent, authorizes the establishment oí' a homeopathie college anywhero outside ot' Washtenaw County, to be supported by an animal appropriation of $10,000, to be paid out of tho State troasury, beginning with the beginning of nuxt year. Still anotherbill, for which Htrnator DeLand, of Saginaw, isrosponsible, establishes such a collego at East Baginaw upe-n the donation by the city of $10,000, and a site of ground in aid oí tho entorprise ; if Kast Sag naw does not talie her chanco other cities may bid for it. And finally, there either is or will be a bilí locating the college at Detroit, where such an institution has alrnady beon startod. Rut tho feeling seems to be that any bilí fixiug the location of tho colloge will fail. Doctors S, B. Thayer, J. H. "Wattles, I. N. Eldridge ana A. J. Sawyer, respective iy president, vice-presidentrtreasurer, anc ehairman of the University Coinmittee o the State Homeopathie Medical Society havo sent in to tho Senate, a strong re monstranoe in behalf of themselves ant their society, against the establishmen of any hoiiseopathic branch to the Uni versity, or the passage of any law b which they shall be excluded from direc representation from the medical foculty at Ann Arbor. They say that it seem unjust to the people at large to dnplicat the medical department at the Univers ty wliile that departmeüt possesses ever facility for teaching all thero is of med icine and its collateral branches. Be sidos tlie establishment of a branch woulc work a hardsbip to the less faTored, i. the honieopathists who would be doprivec of the advantages of tho University prestige as well as of its libraryv anatorn ical museum, laboratory and all the val ublo accuniula.tious of .'!() years. The re monstranoe 'contains a sharp assault upo the Kogcnta, whom tho signers charg with claiming powers iudepondent of th Legislature, and eiercising sucii power in deffance of the laws passed by the la ter body, and in a nianner that doe " great injustico to a large number o citizens who trust their sick to tho trea inent of tho school of practico thus ostracised and1 debarred f roía its benefits.' ' They claim also that the dictum of tho Regents that "the theory and practico of the two schools oannot bo harmoniously tanght together in the samo institution , . is ík tbo face of numerons and well-established precedents to the contrary, iffc indeed it is not at variance with the liberal and cülightesed policy of the age." The remonstrants, concluding thoir appeal, refer to tice spirit with which their views are regarded by the rstedical faculty at the University, and ask whether " there is not an appearance of selfishness on the x)art of the professors in grasping the prestige which this great Uuivevsity confsra upom their branch of tho proffcssion, which savors of mean jealously or bigotry of opinión, cqually repulsivo ; whether they will continuo their control, without mterference from the people, or suffer their charge to deprecíate iu usefulness." What they aslc : is " that both systems be aided by the light of scien tifio investigaron, and be protected alike by just and equdtable-legislation.,"'


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