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July 17, 1967

"To Whom Much Has Been Given...

JAMA. 1967;201(3):169-171. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130030039009

There is no doubt in my mind that, when I review the outstanding memories collected during a lifetime in the medical profession, this moment will shine brighter than all the rest.

It is not possible—at least, it is not possible for me— to express clearly the feeling I have upon assuming the presidency of the American Medical Association. I therefore must let it suffice to say thank you, and to assure you, with all humility, that I shall do my simple best to maintain the honor, the integrity, and the effectiveness that have been bestowed upon this office by a long line of distinguished and well-remembered predecessors.

I promise you that whatever I do during this year in discharging the obligations of the high office to which you have elected me will be done for the sole purpose of furthering the objectives of the American Medical Association. And I know