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June 26, 1915


Author Affiliations

President of the American Medical Association PHILADELPHIA

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(26):2107-2115. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570520001001

In assuming the presidency of the largest and most important medical organization in the world, and at the time of its greatest achievements, I am overcome with humility and a consciousness of my own limitations. Profoundly grateful for so signal and unmerited an honor, I shall ask that the same partiality which placed your standard in my hands strengthen and support me until I shall have transferred it, unsullied and undimmed, into the hands of my successor.

With your help I may succeed; without it, failure is certain; therefore, grant it me in unstinted measure.

As the splendid work of the Association, carried on by its officers and several councils, has not been reveiwed by my immediate predecessors, it would seem eminently fitting that I should, at this time, attempt a retrospect of some of its most noteworthy achievements, and incidentally point out how, with your cooperation, other equally desirable