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March 15, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(11):683-685. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480110001001

The choice of a subject to present on this occasion can not help but be a matter of considerable anxiety. When I received the invitation from my distinguished friend, your, yes, our, eminent Murphy, to speak to you, two thoughts were most prominent in my mind: First, one of pleasure at the honor bestowed upon me in being invited to journey so far to address an audience composed of many of the leaders in the American medical profession—which the majestic distances of this great country have prevented me from knowing personally as well as I know them by the luster of their names and achievements. The second thought that instantly followed was the difficulty of choosing a subject which would prove of sufficient interest and value to merit your kind invitation.

After reflection, it seemed clear to me that on an occasion like this no subject could be more suitable

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