Excellence in Research is not Enough

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  • Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington, D.C. 20307

Members of the Society, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen—

First, I would like to thank the Society for the privilege of being President for the past year and give special thanks to our Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. John Scanlon, for doing so much of the work necessary to the successful functioning of the Society.

I found that one of the most difficult tasks as President is choosing a topic for today's speech. I had an initial impulse to discuss field research and use my experiences in Pakistan, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and the eastern shore as a basis for the talk. That approach would have allowed me to give proper credit and recognition to several colleagues who have been very important in my research career. However, that approach would have been, of necessity, anecdotal and on some reflection I discarded the idea.

I also considered an in-depth analysis of a scientific issue, but I decided that no matter which subject I chose I would run an almost certain risk of boring a large segment of the audience who do not share my personal scientific interests.

Author Notes

Present address: Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center, Aurora, Colorado 80045.