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In view of the many subjects of interest contained in our present programme, it would seem that a departure from our former custom is needed.
I shall therefore, instead of reading an address on the "Progress of Ophthalmology" (a subject with which you are all familar) simply mention to you what I believe to be the most attractive feature of our sessions, namely: the discussion which follows the reading of papers. Dispense with this, or devote too short a time to it and our meetings are unprofitable. Cultivate and foster it, then the converse obtains.
Of course, it is highly essential, that we have a sufficient number of ably written papers for our consideration, but if too many are read, the object of our meeting together is defeated and we go hence almost as barren of results as if we had remained away. It is on this rock that the
THOMPSON JL. HOW SHALL WE MAKE THE MEETINGS OF OUR SECTION MORE ATTRACTIVE AND HELPFUL? Read in the Section of Ophthalmology, at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich., June, 1892. JAMA. 1892;XIX(9):241–242. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420090003002a
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