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To fill with satisfaction to myself, and with justice to you, the high office bestowed upon me by the Association of American Medical Editors, is a most difficult and embarassing task. The high rank and standing of the Society, its mighty influence throughout the land, to say nothing of the talent, the brilliancy and the scholarship of its individual members—all seem to demand of me certain special gifts and qualifications which I feel scarcely able to supply.
The most intelligent audience, however, is often the least given to criticism, hence I venture to address you with some slight degree of confidence, yet, at the same time, with a full appreciation of the honor conferred upon me.
It is useless to comment further upon the power which this Association may yield, not only as regards the medical profession of which it forms so important a part, but in other fields, where
WILE WC. OUR DUTIES AS JOURNALISTS AND THE REFORMS WE SHOULD PERSISTENTLY ADVOCATE. Presidential Address Delivered before the American Medical Editors' Association at its annual meeting held at Newport, R. I., June 23d, 1889. JAMA. 1889;XIII(1):10–14. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401030018001a
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