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A provision in the constitution makes it incumbent upon the chairman of each Section to deliver an address at the beginning of the annual meeting. In this address he shall set forth the progress of the year in the field covered by the particular Section. The day for formal addresses of this sort is rapidly passing away, and I shall not attempt a detailed review of the progress in pathology and bacteriology during the past twelve months. That the American Medical Association has assumed the sponsorship of a separate section in these branches is, I think, evidence of the general progress that pathology and bacteriology are now making in this country. Societies and separate sections, like hypotheses, are not to be multiplied beyond necessity, but criticism of the tendency to multiply medical societies is hardly applicable to this case because it is an effort to extend the usefulness and influence
HEKTOEN L. CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS. DELIVERED BEFORE THE SECTION ON PATHOLOGY AND BACTERIOLOGY, AT THE FIFTY-SECOND ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(22):1431. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470480001001
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