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In calling me to your chief office, you have given graceful recognition of that department of our work in which, with many good comrades, it is my fortune to be enrolled. For this, and for the personal compliment, I thank you. Such an act by such an Association as this, shows that here, at least, there is no conflict between those who endeavor to combat all the physical ills of humanity, however classed, and those who are devoted to special labors.
In acknowledgment, I had at first thought to present a report upon a special topic, but, thanks to the widely distributed medical journals of the day, and the compilations and reviews on every hand, there is little necessity for such a rehearsal. Moreover, I am not here to investigate laryngeal diseases or thoracic degeneration, for with you, in this good cause, there is neither aphonia nor faulty heart-action.