American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists

The American College of Neuropsychiatrists

(An Osteopathic Institution)

By Floyd E. Dunn, D.O., F.A.C.N., F.A.A.M.D.

We met at the Warwick-Sheraton for our 29th Annual Meeting. The Harbour Memorial Lecture had been expanded to a Symposium on Depression for General Practitioners and Non-Psychiatric Specialists, utilizing the talents of eighteen speakers and it was the highlight of our lecture program. It received great coverage in a subsequent issue of Osteopathic News, with pictures of the lecturers. Our Banquet that year was at the Union League Club. It needs mentioning here that our A.C.N. annual banquets had by this time come to be regarded by all A.O.A. Officialdom as not-to-be-missed-if-invited affairs. They were held at elite places, always negotiated by our “Syd” (sometimes with help of others), always with epicurean menus served to perfection, always with special memento gifts for the ladies in attendance.

Once again we surpassed all previous meetings in attendance, and it was the opinion of the majority of long-time members that the 29th lecture sessions topped earlier meetings in excellence. Dr. Fred M. Still, one of the Founders of the College, became its First Life Member by unanimous action of the members. At the business meeting it was announced that Cecil Harris, D.O., F.A.C.N. had retired from Chairmanship of the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry, along with Floyd E. Dunn, D.O., F.A.C.N., F.A.A.M.D, who had been Secretary-treasurer of the Board for some years. These men retired as a protest against a “Star Chamber” proceeding by the then Chairman of the Advisory Board for Osteopathic Specialists, in which, without producing any specific or definite evidence for the same, or even naming any persons making charges, he accused the A.O.B.N.P. of malfeasance. No frank evidence of improper activity was ever produced, nor did any Board candidate ever make any charges of unfair or discriminatory treatment (which had been the substance of the accusations in the “Star Chamber” affair). Dr. Sydney Kanev and Dr. Fleda Brigham were recommended to the Trustees of the A.O.A. as replacements in the vacancies created by the resignations of Harris & Dunn.

As a final note on the Philadelphia meeting of the A.C.N: Fleda Brigham was made a Fellow, and Eleanore Wright, M.D. was made Honorary Fellow. This put our total of Fellows to twenty-nine, with the total membership numbering ninety-one.

Our Thirtieth Annual Meeting, held at the Royal Orleans Hotel in New Orleans was notable in being our first convention at which our business activities were broken into two sessions (in order to provide adequate time for the many necessary transactions), and for the presence of the First Lady of Arkansas, Mrs. Winthrop Rockefeller as the distinguished speaker at our Annual Banquet. Mrs. Rockefeller was at the time President of the National Association for Mental Health (which was holding its Annual Convention at the Hotel Roosevelt in New Orleans at the time) and had long been interested in Mental Health and Child Health problems.

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