Students of enterology today have behind them two decades of organized effort replete with valuable research and knowledge of disease in this line of medical and surgical endeavor; so that when our efforts were sufficiently recognized as a section in the greatest medical organization in the world, our programs and discussions reflected the wisdom of the departure.
Responsibility was no doubt keenly felt this year by officers of all the sections, since we were in the throes of war and not a few of our leaders were in commission to serve the nation. The programs, however, have proved our misgivings unfounded.
What a year this has been! A year of swift, startling, far-reaching changes; a year that brought the great war to a climax and then, with a sweep and a rush, to its close; a year when the cause of freedom and justice and humanity touched the lowest depths