To begin with, I wish to thank the members for my election to the office of President of the Society. Insofar as this position is a personal reward for work, it is appreciated, and will be looked back upon with satisfaction. Insofar as it carries responsibility, I am glad to do my share in attempting to direct the affairs of the Society along useful lines. The responsibility apparently is considerable. In fact, a year ago I was told that the prognosis was bad. I began to feel that my only function might be to conduct the postmortem, but it is evident that the patient is making a good recovery from the depressing influence of war and pestilence, and, like other convalescents, is undergoing a rebound to a better state of health than ever. Under these conditions it seems indicated that the presidential address at this sixteenth meeting should be devoted to the affairs of the Society rather than to any special professional subject.