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July 1930


Am J Dis Child. 1930;40(1):1-17. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1930.01940010012001

Permit me, first of all, to express my deep appreciation of the honor of being chosen to preside at the forty-second annual meeting of this Society. I am, of course, not unmindful of the fact that such recognition is often a tribute to years of service rather than to years of accomplishment. This fact brings with it, however, the almost inevitable danger to you, and the privilege to the incumbent, that he may indulge in such reminiscences and reflections as in this instance nearly thirty years of practice may seem to invite. In our youth we all enter, and probably always will, de novo, the path that leads from enthusiasm, credulity and finality to an ever increasing mellowness, conservatism and skepticism that comes with years of experience and of disillusionment. When one reaches that period in which one's thoughts begin to turn backward as well as forward, there comes to