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CHARLES K. Mills, M. D.,
MEMBER OF THE NEUROLOGICAL STAFF.
ROBERT C. FLOYD, Secretary. A. D. W. CALDWELL, Out-door Agent.
GEORGE MILLIKEN, Visitor of Children.
GEORGE RONEY, SUPERINTENDENT.
DANIEL E. HUGHES, M. D., CHIEF RESIDENT PHYSICIAN.
MARION E. SMITH, Chief Nurse.
ROBERTA M. WEST, Assistant Nurse.
JOSEPH W. ENGLAND.
EDWARD P. DAVIS.
W. E. ASHTON.
ROBERT H. HAMILL.
GEORGE I. MCKELWAY.
CHARLES K. MILLS, CHAIRMAN.
H. W. STELWAGON.
F. P. HENRY.
WILLIAM E. HUGHES, Secretary.
Very few of the hospitals of this country have published volumes of Reports similar to those which have reflected great credit upon such institutions as Guy's and St. Thomas' of London, the Royal Infirmaries of Edinburgh and Aberdeen, La Salpêtrière of Paris, and many other hospitals in Europe. In 1868, a volume of Pennsylvania Hospital Reports was published, and succeeding annual volumes were promised, but so far have not been forthcoming. We are among those who believe in such publications. A representative volume of Hospital Reports is a work of importance to the hospital itself, to its medical board, and to the profession and community at large. While the number of.copies issued is necessarily limited, if the book is judiciously distributed to physicians, to journals and periodicals, to hospitals, and to general and medical libraries at home and abroad, it must reach a large circle of interested readers. It serves to encourage the members of the medical board of the hospital to scientific and humane work, that the records presented may be creditable to the institution and to themselves. The history and reminiscences of every great charitable institution like the Philadelphia Almshouse and Hospital should, moreover, be placed upon record for the guidance and instruction of present and of future generations. Such a record must contain much of interest with reference to the development of city charities, to the methods and character of medical instruction, to the progress of practical medicine, to the health and mortality of the community, and to the lives of physicians and philanthropists. Unusual space has been devoted to matters historical, reminiscent and descriptive, but in an initial volume of Reports of a public institution its history should be, at least, carefully outlined.
It was intended to publish lists of the members of the governing boards, and of the executive and medical officers of the almshouse and hospital, from the earliest date to the