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ACTION BY B.M.A.
When members of the Welfare Society for Mental Patients as- sembled at the Town Hall last night to hear a lecture on "The Care of the Mentally Afflicted" by Dr. Regi- nald S. Ellery, they learned that the Victorian section of the British Medical Association had declined to give Dr. Ellery permission to deliver the lecture.
In a letter lrom Dr. Ellery to the president (Mr. W. G. Higgs) it was
j stated that no explanation had been , given by the association. "I think | It. is incomprehensible," said Mr. Higgs. "I understand that there is no professor at the Melbourne Uni- versity qualified to teach the treat- ment of the mentally afflicted. Only text books are available."
The meeting agreed to a motion suggesting that the "ethical com- mittee of the Victorian section of the British Medical Association could spend its time more wisely in endeavouring to establish a chair of psychiatry at the Melbourne University rather in presenting a qualified member of the profession from giving a free lecture lo the