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July 31, 1972

Some Sand for the Tracks

JAMA. 1972;221(5):477-479. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200180021005

Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand. Thus spoke the Seventh Earl of Carlisle over a century ago.

Two years ago you, the members of this House of Delegates, chose me to serve as your President-Elect. One year ago I was installed as your President. This is one of the greatest honors that can be conferred upon a physician. An honor—Yes! But you gave me a job to do—to help represent the medical profession to emphasize across the width and breadth of this land that our profession is one of service to our patients and the American public, a magnificent profession.

During the past two years I have attempted to visit with every doctor possible at every medical meeting I have attended. Every meeting has been a pleasant experience and very rewarding. Of all the