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The President of this Society has two honors, first to represent the membership during his year in office and second to prepare and deliver a Presidential Address. The first type of activity is largely dictated by the desires of the membership and this year these were exemplified by our concerns that the World Bank recognize the importance of health problems in their economic development programs, our consideration along with other major scientific societies that there be a sound and adequate national policy on international health issues, and finally the development by the officers and committees of a program for the annual meeting that would encompass the interests of our diverse membership.
The second activity is a personal choice of the President, namely, his choice of a subject for the Presidential Address, and he must choose between a specific aspect of his own career and research or the selection of a broader topic that he hopes will concern the entire membership.