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In performing the duties of Chairman of the Surgical Section, it is not deemed practicable to encompass all that the organic law of the Association may contemplate. For, in reporting upon the progress made in surgical science, it is recognized that many theories are, at present, announced as facts, which, when experience and demonstration shall have thoroughly tested them, may be eliminated, to perhaps reappear when the cycle of professional experience again completes its revolution.
The greatest progress has been made in operative surgery, although other departments have been constantly receiving new light and attaining results that add to our already extensive accumulations. It is not claimed that large numbers of new operations have been originated and performed, but it is evident, that the better understanding of pathological conditions, has stimulated surgeons to establish a standard for operations hitherto ventured upon in rare and extreme instances only.
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