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August 1940

AMERICAN LARYNGOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION

Arch Otolaryngol. 1940;32(2):387-415. doi:10.1001/archotol.1940.00660020390014

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Abstract

President's Address. The American Laryngologic Association: Past and Future.Dr. James A. Babbitt, Philadelphia.  (The history and development of the association from its inception in 1878 to the present time were sketched. The limited membership of the association was defended, although Dr. Babbitt felt that all important sections of the country should be fairly represented. He discussed the "dignified induction" of new fellows and a "respect for tradition" among them, dwelling at length on the functions of the "candidates' nominating committee" and advocating frequent changes in its membership. The scientific contributions presented by various past presidents in their annual addresses were discussed. Dr. Babbitt presented the set-up for the annual meeting, particularly in relation to the annual meetings of other national societies in the same field, and stated the opinion that a reduction of the length of the meeting to two full days should be considered. The special funds of the

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