HONOR BESTOWED ON THREE CANADIANS AT MEDICAL CONVENTION
Sir Frederick Banting, Dr. C. H. Best and Dr. J. B. Collip Receive Frederic Newton Gisborne Starr Award for Achievements in Medicine
--Reception Is Held After Ceremony
DISTINGUISHED for their services to humanity in the field of medical research, three eminent Canadian physicians were honored, last night, at the Canadian Medical Association Convention, when they were presented with the Frederic Newton Gisborne Starr medals, emblematic of great achievement.
They were Sir Frederick Banting, Dr. Charles Herbert Best and Dr. James Bertram Collip. Three other doctors were also honored for distinguished services, when announcement was made of presentation of two Osler scholarships to Dr. John Gavin Howlett and Dr. S. R. Townsend, of Montreal, and the Meyer Memorial scholarship to Dr. Ruth
McLaughlin Franks, of Toronto.
Presentation of the Starr medals was made by Mrs. F. N. G. Starr, who recalled that her husband had known the three recipients in their student days. Dr. Starr had been president of the association in 1927 and had served a number of years as secretary of the organization.
Mrs. Starr expressed her sincere appreciation of the Canadian Medical Association for naming the Frederic Newton Gisborne Starr award in honor of her husband. She told how Dr. Starr was born in 1867, when the association was organized, and was glad that the award was by Canadians for Canadians.
During his lifetime, Dr. Starr always espoused the cause of truth and bent his energies to further the interests of his chosen profession. It was fitting, Dr. J. C. Meakins said, the Starr award should be made to Sir Frederick Banting, Dr. Best and Dr. Collip. It was the first time the award had been made, and it corresponded in medicine to the Victoria Cross, he said.
Mrs. Starr stepped forward and handed each of the doctors the golden Starr medal. There was loud applause.
Dr. Meakins then announced Dr. Howlett and Dr. Townsend, both of Montreal, had been awarded Osler scholarships, made possible through the Montreal General Hospital board of trustees and J. W. McConnell, of Montreal. Dr. Ruth McLaughlin Franks, he said, had been awarded the Meyer Memorial scholarship.
"You are members of the most important and most humane profession. The general public does not appreciate you as much as it might," Lieutenant-Governor Eric W. Hamber declared in welcoming delegates.
With the large registration at the convention, the Lieutenant-Governor humorously remarked that he wondered what patients would do with so many physicians absent from their home cities. Because men of international reputation were attending the parley, he was sure the interchange of information on advances in surgery and medicine would accomplish untold good.
Dr. Meakins, president of the Canadian Medical Association escorted the Lieutenant-Governor to the platform, where officers of the association were waiting. Many were arrayed in gowns of red and with white, and black and white facings. Several wore mortar-board caps and flat black velvet hats, dating back to early days of medicine.
Following the playing of the National Anthem, Rt. Rev. H. E. Sexton, Bishop-Coadjutor of Columbia, delivered the invocation. Dr. Meakins tendered sincere appreciation to the Lieutenant-Governor on behalf of the association for his welcome. He read the names of all visiting United States physicians and surgeons, and introduced Dr. Harvey Smith,
vice-president of the British Medical Association.
A strong sentiment existed between the British and Canadian Medical Associations, for the Old Country organization was the proud mother of Canadian surgery, Dr. Smith declared. The British Association had held three annual meetings in Canada, and he hoped another would take place in the not too distant future. He believed many young Canadian physicians, who sought post-graduate training, would find facilities in the British Isles better than they had ever been.
A sad note crept into the meeting when Dr. Ralph A. Fenton, a member of the board of directors of the American Medical Association, brought posthumous greetings from Dr. J. Tate Mason, who died shortly after being elected head of the association. One of Dr. Mason's last actions was to direct his best wishes be sent to the Victoria convention, Dr. Fenton stated.
Ever since the days of Dr. John McLaughlin, known as the "Father of Oregon," relations between Canadian and United States medical men had been most pleasant, Dr. Fenton said. He was sure the solidarity and sound common sense of members of the Canadian Association would solve many of the problems forced upon physicians and surgeons. He closed by hoping Canadian research would continue to show sterling progress.
Dr. George S. Young, of Toronto, chairman of the Council of the
Canadian Medical Association, introduced Dr. Hermann M. Robertson, new president of the organization. He handed him the gavel and golden collar of authority.
Dr. Robertson expressed his deep appreciation of the highest honor the association could confer upon him. He was sensible of the great responsibility, and felt it was a call to further service in medicine. He promised to do his part in the never-ceasing fight for the defence
of public health, the progressive advance of the science of medicine and for maintenace of the highest type of ethical medical practice. He closed by stating he would pray for Divine guidance in the performance of his duties.
At the conclusion of the formal part of the evening's programme, Dr. and Mrs. Hermann Robertson held a reception in the Blue Room, hundreds of guests being greeted by and offering their congratulations in the new president and his wife. Mrs. Robertson wore a beautiful gown of fine white lace, made with a graceful short train, and carried an exquisite bouquet of flowers in shades of pink and mauve.
Later in the evening there was dancing in the Tudor Grill, the hotel orchestra, under the direction of Mr. William Tickle, playing the dance programme. Supper was served from long tables in the grill room, and these had been effectively decorated with Summer Flowers and tall green candles in silver candelabra.
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Dr. J. B. Collip