Today is the last time a President of the AMA will address this House of Delegates in the 1960's. The next time we convene, the world, this nation and our profession will have passed a new decade.
This is a good time to reassess ourselves and consider the future challenges and opportunities of the next decade. It seems to me we are in a unique position in our history and that the seventies may be important enough to be dubbed the significant seventies.
This is not sentimental optimism. It is based on my contacts this year throughout our country, where I have seen progress in many areas and have met thousands of persons who are concerned about the future of medicine. We who are gathered here this week represent those thousands as we work on the programs, policies, activities, and direction of the medical profession, and its allies.