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July 23, 1898


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JAMA. 1898;XXXI(4):151-165. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450040001001

Mr. President and Members of the American Medical Association:  —Permit me to express my appreciation of the great honor conferred on me when elected to deliver the Annual Address on Surgery to this distinguished body of scientists. Custom has ordained that the address in the specialties of medicine at our annual convocation should be confined to a review of the advancements of the science and art of this branch in general in the preceding year. I take the liberty of deviating a little from this precedent to review the efforts and achievements made in a special and, until the last two decades, neglected field of surgery. I believe I am justified in this digression, as at the last, our semi-centennial convention, my predecessor enumerated and so emphasized the achievements of surgery for the last half century that I fear the consideration of a year's progress would be of small interest.