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I acknowledge with pleasure the courtesy shown me, in again selecting me as presiding officer; though this Section is not large as a national body, the quality of its work is second to none, and its influences are unbounded. Its tendency is to elevate to a higher standard thereby advancing the science of the profession. In looking back over the past twelve months, these marks of progress are encouragingly conspicuous and, we believe, point to a steady and healthy growth. This is indicated by the increased number of practical scientific workers who are coming forward; by books of scientific value second to none in their line; by numbers of good papers and discussions on important topics, many of which have served largely to add to our fund of knowledge. Errors have been eliminated which is equally important with new discoveries. Superstition and guessing are giving place to accuracy and precision.
FLETCHER MH. CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS.. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(4):149–151. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430560001002
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