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September 27, 1913


JAMA. 1913;61(13_part_2):1085-1090. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350140001001

Fellow Members of the Section on Ophthalmology:  My first and very delightful duty is to welcome you to this annual gathering—an event to which we have learned to look forward not only with pleasure but also with expectations of profit. Renewal of old friendships, contact with men whom we knew first for what they were doing and then claimed as personal friends, opportunities to blurt out our ignorance to hearers who are sympathetic because they have their own to swap for ours, shaking off for the time being the responsibilities and tire of office work and yet staying in the environment in which we are most at home—these are some of the things our annual meeting affords; and they are not lightly to be turned aside.Some years ago I heard Dr. Osler say something like this—I am not sure even that he ever put it into print, but it

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