First, I must thank you most sincerely for inviting me again to the most stimulating meeting that I ever attend. I have had the good fortune to be here before. I hope I will be alive to be asked for the next one. Believe me, if I am not asked, I shall come as a visitor because I learn more from this meeting than from anything else.
I am old enough now to have seen the kind of thing that is happening at the moment happen about 35 or 30 years ago. We were then arguing about the best way of destroying the end organ of the eighth nerve, and now we are arguing about the best way of preserving at any rate parts of the end organ of the eighth nerve. I do not know whether either argument has been satisfactorily settled.
I would like to start by giving
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