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May 8, 1886

Delivered before the Thirty-Seventh Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, Tuesday, May 4, 1886.

JAMA. 1886;VI(19):505-511. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250050029001

Gentlemen of the American Medical Association:  —With great pleasure I congratulate you on your coming together to renew old friendships, to make further acquaintances, and to add to the general storehouse of medical information, thus demonstrating to our fellow-citizens that the medical profession are not only interested in its own welfare, but also in theirs.We have reason to be thankful to the Supreme Ruler of the universe that no epidemic disease has devastated our land, and, with but few local exceptions, that a general state of health has existed. We have also to be thankful that so many have been spared to again meet in council and demonstrate our vitality as an association. Yet with all these blessings showered upon us, Death has been within our ranks, and some of our honored ones have yielded to his sceptre. It is, therefore, with sadness that I refer to the decease