On such occasions as this we take great pleasure in recalling the past and dwell with great delight on the achivevments along the lines that have most engaged our attention. We, as surgeons, expecially those whose professional activity began in the pre-antiseptic period, review the successive changes from that period of expectancy to the present period of aseptic accuracy with the greatest satisfaction. No one can fully appreciate the present status of surgery who is not personally familiar with the period when wound complications were the rule and when faith was pinned on the belief in "laudable pus."
However great the change has been in surgical mortality, in the great improvement in wound repair and in the comparative freedom from wound complications at present, when we consider the number of diseases treated surgically we must confess that many problems remain unsolved. We are not prepared to say,
JONAS AF. CANCER AND IMMUNITY.ORATION IN SURGERY, DELIVERED AT THE FIFTY-FOURTH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, HELD AT NEW ORLEANS, MAY 5 TO 8, 1903.. JAMA. 1903;XL(19):1277–1284. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490190001002