Colleagues of the Continent:—I bid you cordial welcome. For the first time in the history of the world the medical profession of all the Americas meets fraternally for mutual work and words of counsel for the welfare of the North and South American medical profession and people.
In this Neurologic and Psychiatric Section, brothers, we also, for the first time, grasp the hand of fellowship. We heartily clasp hands with you and in our hearts we embrace you, with the prayer that nothing shall ever dissever the friendship between the Northern and Southern American profession now so auspiciously consummated. May the final handshake between the profession of the North and South American States never be permitted to take place. We want your friendship forever. So long as "earth grows a plant or sea rolls a wave," we pray that it may endure, growing closer and closer in ties of inseparable
HUGHES CD. ADDRESS OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE SECTION ON NEUROLOGY AND PYSCHIATRY OF THE PAN-AMERICAN MEDICAL CONGRESS.. JAMA. 1893;XXI(11):382-388. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.12420630022001c