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Mr. President and Gentlemen:
The time-honored custom, in accordance with a by-law of our association, of an annual report of the year's advances, by the chairman of this or that section, is one not so easy to comply with, because the advances in any one branch of medicine or surgery in one year are not always tangible enough for specification. Medicine and Surgery in all their branches go forward and onward at all times, imperceptibly and slowly, little by little, each little adding to what has been known before, each worker and observer adding his mite to the irresistible onward march; but we cannot always say that this or that special addition to our knowledge was made in the last year. At times the steady progress forward brings us to a point where the medical horizon is lighted up, like a meteor flashing suddenly across the heavens, by some apparently
WHITE JA. IN OPHTHALMOLOGY, OTOLOGY, RHINOLOGY, AND LARYNGOLOGY. DELIVERED IN GENERAL SESSION AT THE THIRTY-SIXTH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, MAY 1, 1885. JAMA. 1885;IV(26):701–705. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391010001001
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