The late Dr. C. Jeff Miller began his presidential address (1) before the American College of Surgeons by saying, as he tried to thank the Fellows for the honor they had done him, that he found himself lacking completely what Kipling once called “the magic of the necessary word.” I hope that you will understand me when I tell you that, finding myself in similar circumstances today, I also find myself lacking that magic. Since this Society was founded 45 years ago, it has held fast to its chief objective, to promote and advance knowledge of tropical medicine. I hope that in my three and one half years of service as its secretary, and during this past year as its president, I have had some small share in the accomplishment of this task. It has been a high privilege to serve this Society, and I am grateful for the honors its membership has bestowed upon me.
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