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March 1, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(9):577-582. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480090029001h

In the kind invitation of your secretary to read a paper before this Academy, it was suggested that a subject of general interest be chosen rather than one involving a very technical description of some single especial research. On thinking over the few topics upon which I might with fairness venture to address you, it occurred to me that perhaps one dealing with the newer knowledge of the cell might be as acceptable as any. I have decided to ask you, therefore, to permit me during the next half hour or more, to place before you some examples illustrating the trend of cellular research, to outline to you a few of the results thus far attained, and to indicate along what lines of investigation work is likely to proceed in yielding us the discoveries that the near future has to reveal.

I may be permitted to say in the beginning