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The honored custom of an address from the chair affords opportunities for suggestion looking to the welfare of our organization which would not find expression in any set paper or general discussion. I might with propriety and no little pride point to the expansion in recent years of the department of laryngology and otology and the influence wielded by this Section of the American Medical Association in the development of these sciences. I might dwell on the advantage of the fellowship and acquaintance which is engendered by our annual assemblies, the opportunities afforded to associate the personality of the author with the subject matter of his essay and to hear his defense if criticised in debate. But our present gathering is in the nature of a semi-centennial reunion and it is fitting, in fact it has been suggested by the Committee of Arrangements, that in each Section a brief historic
CASSELBERRY WE. THE OBLIGATION OF SECTION MEMBERS TO THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. TOGETHER WITH A HISTORY OF THE SECTION ON LARYNGOLOGY AND OTOLOGY. JAMA. 1898;XXX(8):401–402. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440600001001
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