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With the present number we commence the eighth volume of the “ American Observer." The first volume, 1864, contained The second volume, 1865, contained
380 The third volume, 1866, contained
576 The fourth volume, 1867, contained
503 The fifth volume, 1868, contained .
599 The sixth volume, 1869, contained
600 The seventh volume, 1870, contained .
Pages printed in seven years,
3,450 For 1871 (the eighth volume) we have promised to print OVER six hundred pages without increasing the subscription price. Some have wondered how we could afford to print as many pages as 600 for two dollars. After the type setting is paid for, additional copies cost only the charges of press work, paper, folding, etc. and if there is an adequate increase of subscription for the new year, we will print 56 pages per month, or 672 pages for the year, and hope there will be an increase which will warrent still further enlargemeat. We rely upon our present subscribers and friends for assistance in extending the present subscription. Medical students and others who will aid in this work, shall be remembered by a liberal commission in cash or books as preferred.
On our part, with a better state of health then we have enjoyed for years, we think we can safely promise a more energetic devotion to the interests of the profession in the general conduct of this journal.
DEVOTED TO HOMEOPATHY. The American Observer is not the representative of any individual, of any clique, party or faction but of the homeopathic
profession of America. It is not devoted to the local interests of any one State but will be national. It furnishes a platform upon which every member of the profession, who adheres to the doctrine of SIMILIA SIMILIBUS CURANTUR, may appear from time to time and present his views, and relate his experiences at the bed-side of the sick. As our national organization “ The American Institute of Homeopathy," does not hold itself responsible for every utterance that is made by its members at its meetings, so the American Observer does not demand that every one who writes for its columns shall chime in with the views of its editors, and cannot be expected to endorse the views of every correspondent. We believe that the cause of truth will be best served by a large measure of liberty. True this may be abused, but the application of a gag rule would work greater mischiefs. A few object to our requirement of adhesion to the homeopathic principle, saying that we are thereby sectarian when we should be catholic and eclectic. But we conceive that the law of cure furnishes a banner under which we can wage war and yet be liberal in the best sense. We do not want an irregular guerilla warfare, and we will not open our pages to the vagaries and uncertainties of indefinite allopathic therapeutics.
CONTROVERSIES. We know that we have a multitude of friends and it has been manifested that we have a few enemies. We wish these to understand that we do not bear them enmity. Perhaps we should express our obligation to them for the good we have received at their hands although it was not intended. In some places special efforts were made to weaken the influence of our journal and reduce its subscription, and in each of these points we now have a much larger subscription list than we had before. We have not noticed a tithe of their detractions and expect to pay still less attention to them in the future.
We do not propose to exclude controverisal papers but to limit their number and the space to be occupied. We desire that the Observer for 1871 shall be, more than ever before, practical, spirited and earnest.
CORRESPONDENCE SOLICITED. The prospects of our journal for the new year are most encouraging. We invite all of our readers to contribute to our pages and add to its interest. We are not in the habit of
addressing special requests to writers for contributions. When visiting a medical friend a few days ago we asked why he never wrote for the Observer. He replied, “ You never asked me!" Let it be understood by every subscriber that whenever he has a contribution to make, it will be acceptable: a report of a case treated, a remark-even if it is only a hint in relation to the right application of a remedy, a suggestion, a friendly criticism, an inquiry, a request, a word of advice, all such are always welcome. Items of interest, that are found floating in the newspapers, that are worthy of preservation, and which a subscriber would like to have reprinted in the Observer will be received with pleasure. Newspapers containing reports, or local items relating to homeopathy, are always acceptable, as they assist in making up intelligence which is of general interest. Correspondents will be kind enough to always mark the portions to which they desire to direct attention.
BUSHROD W. JAMES, M. D., our Surgical Editor, furnishes for the present number a very interesting and instructive account of his recent illness under the heading of “ Surgical Poisoning." We are much pleased to learn of his recovery, and that he will be able to furnish a series of articles for this journal which will be appropriately illustrated. His surgical contributions have added much to the interest and value of our publication.
PATHOLOGY AND MICROSCOPY.
Professors JONES and Colton will devote their attention to these branches of Medicine: and scientific papers of practical importance may be expected from month to month.
MATERIA MEDICA DEPARTMENT. Prof. HALE's interest in the advancement of Homeopathic Materia Medica, and desire for the prosperity of this journal (of which he was one of the first contributors), will be manifest by his regular editorials.
W. S. SEARLE M. D., will continue in charge of the Clinical Department which he has improved so much, and which he will make ştill more valuable if our readers will take the trouble of reporting all their cases of interest. We invite attention to the request for contributions wbich appears from him in this number.
DISEASES OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN.
THOMAS NICHOL M. D., (whose removal to Montreal in the Province of Quebec we notice), will retain charge of this department and finish the series of papers on the Respiratory af fections of Childhood which was commenced some months since. His services to our journal have been very acceptable to the profession and are greatly appreciated by us.
PHYSIOLOGY AND PRINCIPLES OF MEDICINE. This department will remain under the editorial charge of Prof. H. P. GATCHELL, who has been prevented by impaired health from devoting as much attention to it during 1870 as he desired.
We hope for his complete restoration and that we shall have a series of excellent papers from his scientfiic pen.
S. LILIENTHAL, M. D., of New York city, has placed us under special obligations for the excellent translations from the foreign journals which he has furnished for our pages. We are pleased to announce that these will be continued. One of our most thoroughly educated German physicians told us a few weeks ago that he had discontinued the foreign periodicals, because he found the best papers, well translated, in the Observer.
THE LAUGH CURE
May occupy one-fiftieth part of our pages.
“When I come in from a long ride much wearied, and not able to give attention to any scientitic subject, I am often enlivened by 'The Laugh Cure.' Give us more of it."
We are glad to find that this page has been acceptable to so many readers. As the host furnishes his table with little trifles as well as with substantial viands so we have endeavored to spread our board with a variety to suit all tastes. meats, and there relishes; for some a little sauce; now breadstuffs, and then a little fruit. Not all delicacies and not all strong food. We will try and avoid those things which are particularly indigestible, (some M. D's. however have very strong stomachs), and tender only those which shall tend to the true nourishment of the body-HOMEOPATHY.
Our contemporaries must not think because we do not copy from their pages that we do not recognize the value of their pub. lications. We wish to encourage our physicians to purchase all our homeopathic journals, and think that every physician in active practice will find a decided benefit in subscribing for every homeopathic journal published in the United States. No one, will be annoyed at finding in the Observer the same articles that he has read in the other magazines. We shall endeavor to furnish not only original matter but the best. The present number is thought to be better than previous issues, and we expect to print as many pages, of equal value, every month.
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