In 1921 when I entered practice after declining an invitation to continue in the academic fold, I asked my friend, Wilburt Davison, whether I should apply for membership in the American Pediatric Society. He very kindly explained that things were not done that way. I shall not discuss the devious means by which I finally crawled under the tent. Last spring while on a honeymoon in Europe I was told that I had been given the presidency as a wedding present. I appreciate the honor and thank you all.
Along with the honor of the office comes the formidable task of delivering a presidential address. In reading over the speeches of my predecessors I was much impressed with their high standards, and I feel quite incapable of equaling their excellence in philosophizing upon the pathways of pediatric practice, education, or research. In fact all the geographic landmarks such as the
WILKINS L. Modern Materia Medica. Am J Dis Child. 1962;104(5):449-456. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1962.02080030451003