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Gentlemen of the Surgical Section:
—Through the agency of our worthy secretary we have been enabled to provide a program of rare promise for the ensuing three days. Custom has established that the presiding officer of the Section on Surgery shall offer some contribution to its proceedings. Such are usually of a scientific character. I believe, however, that fully as much benefit may accrue from a résumé of the needs and obligations of the workers in this department of our Association. In my humble opinion, at a time when the scientific attainments of the representative members of this Association were of a much more mediocre quality, when they met together in general session and deliberated upon the requirements of the profession, and before the days of the segregation of this Association, before the epoch of specialties, these meetings meant something, and much of good immediate and remote resulted. Memory recalls
WHEATON CA. ADDRESS OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SECTION ON SURGERY AND ANATOMY.. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(22):1049-1050. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430740001001