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The rules of the Association demand that the chairman address the Section for a few minutes on the welfare of the Section and on the recent progress in gynecology and obstetrics. I am very willing to perform the first part of this task, for my experience as secretary has given me some decided opinions on how its usefulness can be maintained and increased.
In the first place, the office of secretary should be a comparatively permanent one. The same man should be re-elected not less than four times.
In order that a suitable man be induced to hold this office for five years, his duties should be made as light as possible. Members should assist him by furnishing titles and abstracts promptly when asked for. Papers should be ready for publication when read. Failure to observe this rule causes a vast amount of unnecessary labor and annoyance.
The secretary should
BONIFIELD CL. IMPORTANT SUBJECTS WHICH HAVE OCCUPIED THE ATTENTION OF GYNECOLOGISTS AND OBSTETRICIANS DURING THE PAST YEAR. CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS BEFORE THE SECTION ON OBSTETRICS AND DISEASES OF WOMEN, AT THE FIFTY-SIXTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, PORTLAND, ORE., JULY 11-14, 1905. JAMA. 1905;XLV(16):1132–1134. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510160006001a
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