This Association was originated in the autumn of 1894 for the purpose of assisting medical practitioners “in the investigation of the causes, progress, and results of morbid processes, whenever help to this end may be gained by accurate reports on the results of microscopical, chemical, or bacteriological examinations.” The Association is a Limited Liability Company, controlled by doctors, the majority of whom are medical men in actual practice. The work of research is carried on by experts having no direct pecuniary interest in the Association, otherwise than as salaried officials. With regard to the provision of funds for carrying on the work, members are not at present asked to pay an annual subscription, and this course will be followed until the end of 1895. Thereafter, whatever course is followed in respect of mode of payment, all medical men who have joined before that date will be considered as original subscribers and will be exempt from further subscription, should any such be found desirable. These facts are taken from the “Handbook” of the Association (obtainable from the Secretary, Mr. C. H. Wells, 1, Southwark Street, London Bridge, S.E.), to which reference may be made for full details as to the scope of the work undertaken, methods of transmission of specimens, scale of charges, etc. Urine, sputum, water, diphtheritic membrane, and morbid tissues generally, are examined. Results are communicated by telegram, if desired, and we can state from personal experience that the work is executed with promptitude. As to its efficiency, the names of the gentlemen undertaking the actual research work is sufficient guarantee.
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