[Read in General Session of the American Medical Association, May, 1884.]
Fellow Members:—Custom, as well as law, prescribes as one of the duties of the Chairman of a Section that he present in his annual address a digest of the progress made in that special department during the past year.
Compliance with the letter of this law is now unnecessary, and would, therefore, be unprofitable.
Medical journals, general and special, both home and foreign, conducted with great ability and exhibiting much energy and zeal in collecting and publishing the latest advances in all departments, are promptly placed by rapid mail facilities upon the table of every reading member of the profession. Moreover, the editorial criticisms of new doctrines, discoveries, methods or operations, are generally from the pens of those who, by education and special training, have superior abilities for such work. It is, therefore, deemed appropriate, on the present occasion