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September 18, 1897


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JAMA. 1897;XXIX(12):559-562. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440380001001

When I returned home after the meeting in Atlanta last year, I was most pleasantly surprised to learn from the papers that I had been selected to preside over this Section. I wish to thank you most heartily for the great honor which you have done me in making me Chairman, and especially so for having placed me in this position at this meeting, the most important one which has ever been held by the American Medical Association, celebrating, as it does, its fiftieth anniversary.

The number of papers which have been offered for the consideration of the Section has been so large that I have obliged, much against my will, to decline a great many as all the available time at our disposal had already been fully occupied by papers which had been presented at an earlier date. But I trust the authors will realize that, as our time