As a general proposition we are willing to earn a thing but once. When a man has served years in an association, he sometimes comes to think he has earned its rewards. If, then, an office is bestowed on him he is likely to accept it as his just due and to give the duties of his position none of his brains or energy.
I have not done enough work in this Section to have earned reward at your hands, therefore, I have felt it incumbent on me to earn the honor which you have given me, by work as chairman.
Dr. Jones and I have worked out a somewhat novel plan for your meeting. This plan was submitted to the Executive Committee of this Section, Drs. Hurty, White and Gorgas, and then it had the approval of the general officers of the Association.
We submit it to you with
EVANS WA. THE RELATION OF THE MEDICAL PRACTITIONER TO HEALTH DEPARTMENTS. JAMA. 1911;LVII(12):937-940. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260090159001