My first duty and pleasure is to express to you my deep appreciation for the honor of serving as your president during the past year. I would also like to indicate my gratification for the opportunity of addressing this audience in the City of Montreal, where I have the good fortune to count many personal friends and respected colleagues.
To one who had the privilege of training under Dr. Roy D. McClure, one of the principal founders and first president of this organization, it has been a particular pleasure to watch the development of this young, active, and vigorous society, clearly dedicated to the advancement of the art and Science of surgery and unhampered by political factions.
One of the principal advantages of an occasion such as this is the opportunity it affords for the mutual exchange of thought and experience in relation to our special fields of surgical practice
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