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The law of compensation is inexorable. For threescore years I have been operated on physically, admonished mentally and laid upon orally by a countless succession of members of the American Medical Association. Now my hour has come. And you can rest assured that it is no small pleasure to me to have such a goodly company of you gentlemen at my verbal mercy—even though the expiation you are called on to render is necessarily vicarious in character.
A hundred years is but a split second in the chronology of the cosmos. It is a long time, however, in the calendar of mortal men. It is even more significant when applied to the life span of a voluntary organization of highly individualized professional experts scattered over a huge geographic area. Hence I consider it a signal honor to have been asked to join with you tonight in this, your Centennial Celebration.
PRENTIS HW. THE MOVING FINGER WRITESAddress at Centennial Dinner, American Medical Association, Atlantic City, N. J., June 7, 1947. JAMA. 1947;134(9):743–747. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880260001001
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