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September 12, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(11):565. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430890003001a

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Gentlemen of the Section:  —It is especially pleasing to me to meet so many of you again, and in this fair city of the South already noted for its activity in promoting the general welfare of mankind.I again wish to express to you my sincere thanks for the high honor conferred in selecting me to preside over this part of our work so dear to us all. Whatever may be our ideas relative to specialties and the organization of special societies, it must be conceded that the unity of the profession must be preserved, and that much of our best work should be performed in connection with the meetings of this Association. It is, therefore, fitting that we meet annually with the profession for special as well as general work, and the consideration of matters pertaining to the general welfare of the fraternity.It will be a sad day

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