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June 23, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(8):671-672. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970080001001

In humbly accepting this high professional position as President of the American Medical Association, I look upon this office as a personal honor to me, and, even more so, I look upon it as a tribute to the nation's family doctors. For more than 35 years I have been a general practitioner in a small California city. I have served thousands of families in the Napa Valley during this time. When they could not come to me, I have gone to them, day or night. Like thousands of my colleagues in general practice, I have gotten to know many of them intimately. I deem it a privilege to have had the opportunity of serving their medical needs, and I am convinced that I would be welcomed into their homes as a friend.

The role of the general practitioner is to be envied rather than revered, and today many constructive efforts

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