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Through some quirk in the democratic process followed by this Society in the selection of its president I have been chosen to stand before you this evening presumably to spill forth words of wisdom. I am grateful to you for this honor. Our joint meetings with the American Society of Parasitologists are particularly happy and beneficial occasions. Being a charter member of that Society I am pleased to have the opportunity to present my views to you also. This is a particularly auspicious occasion for me by virtue of the fact that it occurs in a city where I spent about one-half of my professional life.
The concern of this Society is with the health of peoples in tropical countries. I shall be talking about parasitic diseases in tropical areas and, hence, my remarks are as appropriate before one Society as the other.Our national interests include more than improvement of the health of people in tropical areas of the world.