The time will soon come when the one who gives the Billings lecture, as well as his audience, will belong to a generation that never knew Frank Billings. Those of us who did have the privilege of his friendship and who are indebted to him for help and leadership delight to honor his memory. Frank Billings can be characterized by a single word, "big." There was nothing small about him. He was a big man in body, in heart and in intellect. He had a big range of interests, civic as well as medical, and to him the American Medical Association owes much.
To another medical worthy, Reginald H. Fitz, contemporary and friend of Frank Billings, I owe an interest in pancreatic disease that began nearly forty years ago and has continued ever since. Dr. Fitz had been asked to contribute a paper on the symptomatology and diagnosis of pancreatic
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