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September 1, 1894


JAMA. 1894;XXIII(9):327-329. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421140001001

CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS.  Read in the Section on Ophthalmology at the Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at San Francisco, June 5-8,1894.BY ALBERT R. BAKER, M.D.PROFESSOR OF OPHTHALMOLOGY IN THE MEDICAL DEPARTMENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WOOSTER, CLEVELAND, OHIO.One of the great faults of our medical societies is the occupation of the time in reading papers and participating in discussions which, for the most part, are the mere quoting of authorities and presenting of views that are not new.The chairman is, however, a privileged individual in this respect, as he is either expected to present résumé of the present status of our science, or make a few general platitudes that may serve to open the meeting of the Section, and if possible put us in good humor with ourselves and our profession. It would be fortunate if all of our old straw could be

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