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June 10, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(23):1273-1277. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450500001001

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ADDRESS OF THE PRESIDENT.  DELIVERED AT THE FIFTIETH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, HELD AT COLUMBUS, OHIO, JUNE 6-9, 1899.BY JOSEPH M. MATHEWS, M.D., LL.D.LOUISVILLE, KY.In assuming the duties of the presiding officer of this Association, I must confess that it is with a feeling of great diffidence. For many years I sat at the feet of the masters in medicine, as they were wont to assemble at their annual meeting, and was content to listen only to their wise counsels, to emulate as far as I could their example, and to profit by the words of wisdom which fell from their lips. When I reflect upon the names of my predecessors who have occupied this chair, their great achievements in medicine, the high rank to which they attained and the good which they accomplished, it is no wonder that I assume the rôle with

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