Volume s1-31, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


The special prerogative of the President of the American Academy of Tropical Medicine consists in freedom to choose the subject of his valedictory address. He has given considerable thought and study to the material to be presented. He may have drafted his manuscript long in advance and rewritten it many times, or he may have prepared a long-hand copy only a few hours before the time of delivery. The subject matter may have been based on years of productive research; it may have dealt with the development of American tropical medicine; it may have been a constructive proposal for the Academy in fulfilling the aims and aspirations of the founders; it may have been educational or philosophical in its purpose, or it may have been a critique unrelated to tropical medicine. Each of these categories has been presented by one or more of our past presidents.

In the present instance it is proposed to be primarily analytical and introspective.


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