The records of the reunions of this association are rich in retrospect. It would appear that in our earlier years our members were unacquainted with the custom of presidential addresses. Anticipating what is to be suffered by you in the present instance, those were happier days.
It was not until the 1882 meeting that this feature on the program seemed to have become a fixation. According to the mathematical theory of science, of which the Pythagorean numerology was an early representative and which still lingers in many a mutilated fragment, the figure 8 has great significance. It signified rebirth, and quite according to form, William A. Hammond functioned. Without him there would have been no birth of the American Neurological Association, and with him there came into being that mystic rejuvenation process, the presidential address.
After collating, reading and pondering over the motley menus of previous occasions, I have wondered
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