It is difficult indeed adequately to express how deeply I appreciate the honor of presiding over this section. For many years, bearing various names and under the chairmanship of a long list of distinguished physicians, the annual meetings of this group have afforded a valuable opportunity for those engaged in the administration of official health agencies and those engaged in the practice of preventive medicine to meet together for a discussion of the problems which confront them both.
During the period of my connection with this section, the fields of preventive medicine and public health have moved forward so rapidly that only those of us whose service covers a period of more than one or two decades can recognize how far we have come. Every field of human knowledge, with the possible exception of mathematics, has made more scientific and technologic progress in the last few decades than during the
RILEY RH. THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THE FOOD OF THE PEOPLE: Chairman's Address. JAMA. 1948;138(5):333–335. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900050001001
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