From Whence the Next Generation?

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  • Department of Microbiology, Cornell University Medical College, 1300 York Avenue, New York, New York 10021
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First I wish to thank Bob Shope for his kind introduction and all members of the Society for the privilege of serving as President and for the opportunity to address you.

In choosing a topic for this address, I, like my predecessors, was faced with two possibilities—one to discuss a specific scientific field related to my own research career and interests or instead, to consider a broader topic of interest to members of the Society.

In effect, the decision was made for me by the Charles Franklin Craig Lecture Committee and by the Craig lecturer of this year, Roy Chamberlain. First the Committee picked Roy and then Roy picked his topic—“Arboviruses—Then and Now.” This sequence of events in effect selected my topic.

As you all know, there is a common saying that if one dose of medicine is good, two are better; but we know that that assumption is usually false.

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