It is the purpose of every man's life to do something worthy of the recognition and appreciation of his fellow-men. There is no accomplishment of mine of sufficient importance to have merited the honor which you have conferred on me in electing me President of the American Medical Association, with its 34,000 members—the largest and perhaps the most influential body of medical men in the world. For your generosity in thus honoring me, I am most grateful. The span of man's activity is so short that may who are most worthy cannot receive this honor: that you should have conferred it on me affects me profoundly. In return for your confidence it will be my pleasure to give my best energy, thought and judgment to the welfare of the American Medical Association during the ensuing year.
I would suggest two innovations in the programs of the annual sessions
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