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July 8, 1968

Cockroaches and Cherry Stones

JAMA. 1968;205(2):92-96. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140280046012

Let me express again my deep gratitude for the great honor you have conferred on me by permitting me to address you as your President.

In my inaugural remarks, I tried to make clear that the most important function of local and state medical associations and the AMA is to plan—plan thoroughly and wisely toward the goal of medical care of high quality for everyone in America. I posed many questions for the medical profession and for all medical associations. Now I would like to discuss these questions in greater detail and to suggest some answers.

Changes in Medicine in the 19th Century  But first to show that accident as well as planning is vital in medical progress—as well as in planning to take advantage of unexpected developments—here are two delightful vignettes of great changes in medicine in the 19th century. Cockroaches and cherry stones! What have they to do