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July 28, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(4):202-204. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620300004001a

On assuming the chair of this Section I desire to express my keen appreciation of the honor conferred upon me and my recognition of the disproportion between officer and office to be filled. Knowing full well that neither unusual scientific attainments nor long years of service entitle me to this distinction, I none the less feel free to avow the liveliest satisfaction with my present position. However pleasant may be the approving eye of the public, however gratifying the laudation of medical students, and however dear the affection of grateful patients, surely sweetest of all is the confidence of one's associates: the men who know; the men who can estimate another at his real worth; who can recognize good work and detect superficiality at a glance; who peer into scientific lacunæ and are in a position to note professional backslidings as well as personal merit. When, therefore one is chosen

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