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September 12, 1896


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JAMA. 1896;XXVII(11):563-565. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430890001001

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It is one of the duties of the chairman of each Section of this Association to present an "Address" at the opening of the session in his department.

Perhaps this custom would be more honored in the breach than the observance and in the present instance the time would be better employed by proceeding at once to the inviting list of papers which the Executive Committee has prepared. But when one has been complimented by election to the chairmanship of the Section which is generally conceded to be the most active of all the Sections in this Association, it ill becomes him to avail himself of any excuse and fail to acknowledge the honor thus conferred upon him.

Indeed, he assumes a definite responsibility in accepting this position. For while it is manifestly impossible for him to present the barest outline of the year's advance even in this one small

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