November 1957

Presidential Address, Society for Pediatric Research

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1957;94(5):470-475. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1957.04030060002002

The first item on this program is an extravagant exaggeration. I have neither the qualifications nor the desire to give an address. The greater part of my time in this Society has been spent in the laboratory tilling an astonishingly small piece of ground. From this narrow position I find myself in no position to survey the field of pediatric research in such a way as to illuminate its past nor to point out its future course. Neither would I dare assay, as many have done, to reanalyze my own experimental affairs in light of that doubtful thing called maturity. There is too much left unanswered, and too many nimble minds have beaten me to my cherished aims. During the later years of membership in this Society, I fell into the trap of "running a department." This is too wintry a subject to discuss in California in the month of

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