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September 14, 1912


JAMA. 1912;LIX(11):833-834. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270090077001

I appreciate deeply the honor which the Section has conferred on me in selecting me as its chairman. On reflecting how I might express my gratitude by an efficient discharge of the duties of the office, I concluded that the best way would be to select an interesting program and to let the members do the talking. I shall therefore confine my remarks to a brief explanation of the program. In this, we have aimed to reflect the problems which are of current interest in this field of our profession. These problems are partly scientific and partly practical.

The chief scientific problem at the present time is undoubtedly the effective correlation of pharmacology and therapeutics. No one can honestly doubt that the rise of pharmacology or pharmacodynamics—of the scientific experimental investigation of drug action—has played the part of a powerful and predominantly useful ferment in therapeutics. It

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