I wish to offer my hearty thanks for the signal honor of election to the presidency of this Association—an honor to which no member of our profession can be indifferent as a mark of the esteem and confidence of his colleagues and a high office of privilege and opportunity. The bestowal of this honor on one not engaged in the practice of medicine I interpret as a conspicuous recognition of the importance of those sciences on which this practice is founded.
In the recent death of Robert Koch the world mourns the loss of one of the greatest scientific investigators and benefactors of his race of all time—one who shares with Pasteur the immortal distinction of founding and developing the modern science of bacteriology, and establishing the germ theory of infectious diseases, which has had a revolutionary influence on practical and especially preventive medicine. To him we owe not only
WELCH WH. FIELDS OF USEFULNESS OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. JAMA. 1910;LIV(25):2011–2017. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550510001001
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