The medical society of the state of New York celebrated the 80th birthday of Dr. Abraham Jacobi by giving a reception at which a bronze portrait relief of him was unveiled. Perhaps I can best express my own feelings at being the 1964 recipient of the Abraham Jacobi Award by quoting from the address made by Dr. Jacobi on the above occasion.1 Speaking of those responsible for the reception and the plaque, he said: "Here I am, the beneficiary of their good will and old and young friendships, with nothing left except an old heart full of gratitude and no words sufficient to express it."
Dr. Jacobi's address dwelt in large degree on "tasks to be undertaken." Thus, at the age of 80, he was still concerned with the problems of the present and future. He thereby sets a precedent that I shall try to follow in the task