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It is a gratifying duty that devolves upon me, to welcome you to these quarters and to inaugurate the opening of the Academy of Medicine. It has long been a matter of unfavorable comment that so prosperous a medical center as this, embracing in its circuit so many luminous votaries, who would add grace and lustre to any sphere, has so long been denied the pleasure and profit that must, of necessity, arise from more intimate communication among its most zealous devotees.
Aside from the fact that such gatherings, not only foster the purest instincts of ethical fraternity but also refine and advance our calling, the mere existence of such an Academy proves the unselfish desire of its founders to strengthen the professional ties that bind us to a lofty purpose, the elevation of our guild and the widening of its beneficent power. What prince or potentate beloved of the
McDERMOTT TL. PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS. JAMA. 1895;XXIV(4):109–110. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430040003001a
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