For the distinguished honor conferred on me at our last meeting in my election to the Presidency of this Association, numbering among its members so many leaders in gynecology and abdominal surgery, I beg first of all to return my most profound thanks. The Association occupies a unique position among our national special societies. It has overcome difficulties and accomplished results scarcely equaled and not excelled by any other special organization in this country. Its foundation was a necessity, it being admitted even by the members of the American Gynecological Society that that society was not sufficiently representative. Dr. Marion Sims, who, in 1880, in his presidential address urged the increase of the limit of membership from 60 to 100, which was done in 1884, said: "It is not to be denied that there is a very large element of discontent among men who are our equals in everything,
DAVIS WEB. THE SURGICAL TREATMENT OF BILIARY CALCULI, WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO HEPATOTOMY. PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS, DELIVERED AT THE FOURTEENTH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF OBSTETRICIANS AND GYNECOLOGISTS, HELD AT CLEVELAND, SEPTEMBER 17, 18 AND 19, 1901. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(24):1573–1577. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470500001001
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