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May 9, 1896


Author Affiliations


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(19):899-904. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430710001001

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Perhaps never before in the history of this Association has its presiding officer, elevated to his exalted position through the kind suffrage of his confrères, felt at a greater disadvantage than at present. Fully imbued with an appreciation of the dignity and importance of the station, and the difficulties attendant upon the proper discharge of the duties that devolve upon him, I must crave your kind indulgence for any errors of judgment as expressed through my rulings, and trust they may be ascribed rather to an excess of ambition to do right than to a willful carelessness or indifference.

Fifteen years ago in the beautiful city of Atlanta I was made your First Vice President, my superior officer being the distinguished surgeon of New York, Prof. L. A. Sayre, and I recognize it as an interesting coincidence that it should be my privilege to return to this Athens of the

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