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Fellows of the American Academy of Railway Surgeons:
—I congratulate you, and through you the railway hospital service of the country, upon the evidences of success and prosperity attained by your association in the short space of one year. A year ago the need of such an association as this Academy was by many doubted, by a few urgently denied, and by those few the proposition to effect an organization was violently opposed. For the most part it is fair to assume that the opposition, whether merely passive or as in certain instances quite active, reflected the honest sentiments of those who were equally desirous in the interests of railway surgery, as were those of us who felt the time ripe for the consummation of what had long been considered desirable, if not an actual necessity. No stronger justification of the wisdom of the undertaking and no better vindication of
COLE CK. PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS.. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(8):349-350. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430600001001