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I am sure it is quite unnecessary for me to assure you, my colleagues, how much I appreciate the honor you have bestowed upon me by permitting me to preside at the meetings of this Section. The Ophthalmological Section of the American Medical Association is, without intending disparagement to the importance of other organizations, the representative association of ophthalmologists in this country. I therefore regard the chairmanship of this Section as the highest ophthalmological gift of American ophthalmologists. Its possession is the more precious, because no taint of political manipulations has ever sullied its reputation. The surest method of not presiding at these meetings is to put forth an effort for such attainment. It has ever come unsolicited. May such conditions ever exist.
The importance of this Section is continually increasing; its membership and attendance is gathering strength and character each year. Its programs are more and more scientific and
ALLPORT F. SECTION ON OPHTHALMOLOGY. CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS, DELIVERED BEFORE THE SECTION ON OPHTHALMOLOGY, AT THE FIFTY-THIRD ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, AT SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. Y., JUNE 10-13, 1902. JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(4):177. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480300001001
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