The duties and responsibilities of your presidents are such as to prevent them from addressing you frequently in your open meetings. That is why I avail myself of the courtesy of the Editor of The Journal which permits me to deliver a brief valedictory to my friends all over the country and to add some remarks in connection with the subject discussed in the inaugural address1 I delivered on June 4, 1912.
Advancing years have added to the greatness of the edifice called the American Medical Association. It has served you, its constituents; it has benefited the American people. From year to year its scientific work has expanded and its civic importance increased. Its Judicial Council and its councils on Health and Public Instruction, Medical Education and on Pharmacy and Chemistry, have submerged scores of inferior medical schools, enlarged knowledge, opened new horizons and fastened the links between all classes