I thank you once again for the confidence you have placed in me. I promise you once again that I shall do my simple best to serve in a way that will bring honor to this Association, respect to our profession, and benefit to the public we serve. I am human and therefore lacking in perfection. You will, I am certain, continue to be understanding and considerate. Most earnestly will I try to merit your continued personal esteem, respect, and cooperation.
I am particularly pleased to have the opportunity of opening my year as President by addressing this House of Delegates. I would like to devote just a minute to the unique responsibilities of delegates, alternate delegates, officers, and all council and committee members of our Association. That responsibility is to interpret the actions and policies of the AMA to physicians back at home—to bring the nationwide significance of House
Rouse MO. Report to the House of Delegates. JAMA. 1967;201(3):172-175. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130030042010