Before proceeding with the substance of my discussion I want to express my sincere thanks for the honor and privilege of being entrusted with the guidance of the affairs of the Society for this past year. I am profoundly grateful.
In considering a subject for the presidential address, I, as I suppose have all presidents, considered what in my power I could do to make it a memorable address and a memorable occasion. Three important theoretical possibilities came to my mind. One, I could announce a very enlightening scientific study. Remember, I said theoretical possibilities. Two, there was the opportunity to develop a profound philosophical report which would seriously affect the future medical thought of all of you. Still theoretical! Thirdly, I could point out a satisfactory solution to the tangled problems of our own and related Societies. More theory! Finally there seemed to be a fourth and practical solution to make the occasion memorable.
Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Medicine, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri.