Let me preface my paper with an expression of my deep appreciation of the honor which your President has conferred upon me by asking me to address you. But the personal element in his invitation, however flattering, was entirely overshadowed by the fact that the invitation itself was an evidence that the principles whose adoption by the profession I was perhaps the first to urge, in an insistent and chronic fashion, were to receive the recognition of a public hearing before the representative body of American medical journalists. For your President suggested that I write upon part of the general subject to which my editorials have been devoted.
My paper is not a long one because, not devoted to a scientific subject, it gives no scope for the usual padding of domestic and foreign quotations and references; it is, moreover, upon a theme of such paramount and urgent importance that any save the directest treatment would be inappropriate and nugatory.
EMMET JD. MEDICAL JOURNALISM. ITS END AND AIMS. JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(7):396–398. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450590026001j
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