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December 12, 1885

ORIGINAL LECTURES.

JAMA. 1885;V(24):645-649. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391230001001

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Abstract

ANNUAL ADDRESS BEFORE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION.  Delivered Tuesday Evening, December 8, 1885, In the City of Washington, D. C,BY THE PRESIDENT, JAMES E. REEVES, M.D.,OF WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA.

Gentlemen and Fellows:  By your kindly suffrages I have been clothed temporarily with the highest honor that can be conferred by sanitary workers in the United States; and I confess that I have reached the duties and exercises of this our thirteenth annual meeting, and the culmination of my official privilege and distinction, with many misgivings as to my ability to meet the full measure of your reasonable expectations.A man, it is true, may possess thoughts, sentiments, opinions, attachments; he may be animated by an ardent desire to recommend these to the belief, or to the approbation of others; but in order to recommend sentiments and opinions with success, it is indispensable that he shall be able

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