In the City of Washington, D. C. September 6,1893.
Gentlemen of the First Pan-American Medical Congress:—This occasion is an unique one, and the thoughts which force themselves on the minds of all of us are, I am convinced, so similar that the briefest greeting might well seem the most fitting address. But when I reflect that I stand here to represent the original committee appointed in pursuance of the resolution which was adopted unanimously on May 5, 1891. at the meeting of the American Medical Association, and that this resolution extended a cordial· invitation to the medical profession of the Western Hemisphere to assemble here in a Congress, I realize the unusual dignity of the duty I must discharge. If anything could add to the dignity of this assemblage, which for the first time asserts formally the organic union of the physicians of all America, it is the fact that
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