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September 3, 1910


JAMA. 1910;55(10):824-826. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330100010004

My first words to-day must be words of thanks to the chairman of the Section on Laryngology and Otology of the American Medical Association, Dr. Chevalier Jackson, and to the other members of the committee for the honor they have shown me by inviting me to this session and asking me to read a paper here.

Permit me to say that it is a great and heartfelt pleasure for me to be among you and to meet so many confrères, whose names have for years been familiar to me; above all I appreciate the opportunity of seeing again the faces of old and faithful friends, though, alas! I miss some, who, having completed their appointed task, are now at rest.

It is, however, not without considerable hesitation that I have accepted your kind and gratifying invitation, for I have but little news to tell you with regard to our specialty—a

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