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December 1960

On Singleness of Purpose*

Arch Neurol. 1960;3(6):613-619. doi:10.1001/archneur.1960.00450060001001

Even in the highest centres I hold that each of the component units represents the whole organism, although each unit represents it differently from all others.—Hughlings Jackson, 1876.

The long list of distinguished neurologists who have presided over the meetings of the American Neurological Association is a sobering reminder to every president of the very considerable honor his colleagues have bestowed on him. I feel particularly favored to be entrusted with this responsibility and recognition. I welcome all of you to Boston, where neurology has been firmly established since the time of James Jackson Putnam, our president in 1888. It is a particular pleasure that Dr. James Ayer, Putnam Professor Emeritus, is able to be present, for he presided at the last meeting in Boston in 1931, and that Dr. Stanley Cobb, who founded the Neurological Unit of Boston City Hospital 32 years ago is also here.

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