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June 28, 1947

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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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.

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