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July 6, 1946

MEDICAL PROGRESS IN THE UNITED STATES UNDER FREEDOMPresident's Address

Author Affiliations

Nashville, Tenn.

JAMA. 1946;131(10):801-804. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870270001001
Abstract

Tonight is Dr. Lee's valedictory. It is his valedictory only in the sense that a long and fruitful period of official connection with the American Medical Association has been completed. No doubt his thoughts and efforts will continue to be with this organization which he has served so long and so well.

It is a fortunate circumstance for me that he is my immediate predecessor. He casts a long, broad and beneficent shadow over medicine. We who have had opportunity to observe his activities and methods at close range know how often his shadow has cooled the heat of friction and quieted the fears of the over anxious. I shall take full advantage of that shadow.

Fortunately too he leaves large footprints which are easy to follow. If I can exercise the good sense to follow them, I know that I shall not be found walking down blind alleys or

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