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July 13, 1970

President's Report to the House of Delegates

JAMA. 1970;213(2):268-271. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170280028005

In the past two years, as President and President-elect of the American Medical Association, I have visited some 40 states and territories. I have been with many of you in your homes and have accumulated a rich storehouse of facts, knowledge, and understanding.

What stands out preeminently in my experiences are the men and the women who are moving our profession to do an ever better job of giving the best possible care to all our people.

Where health projects are prospering, there are dynamic personalities who enlist the dedication of the people around them and develop an esprit de corps and an élan which gets the job done. Where projects fail, it is due to the lack of ability to lead and to involve people in the cause.

Experience is what the older man can contribute; youth brings imagination, energy, and optimism to the tasks before us. When an