The olden writers considered it proper to commence an allocution with a captatio benevolentiœ and so do I; with what success, remains to be seen. At all events I feel obliged to make an attempt to dissuade you from harsh criticisms because my paper will necessarily fall short of my own demands; what then can I expect from you? If there be any blame, your secretary must share it with me, as his request for a paper came on a very late day, and I promised against my better conviction. Furthermore, I have to say in explanation of my choice of title, that while it is certainly wise to call an operation by a name fully expressive of the procedure, it is not less our duty to acknowledge the meritorious work of our confrères who have promoted science. The highest reward we can bestow is due to those whose genius
HARTWIG M. REVIEW OF THE PRESENT STATUS OF JONNESCO'S OPERATION. JAMA. 1900;XXXV(1):15–17. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620270015001d
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