Gentlemen and Colleagues:—In calling to order the Laryngological Section of the Pan-American Congress, I take the opportunity to congratulate you upon the number and excellence of the papers which have been secured for your consideration.
I feel that there is a special reason for felicitation upon the propitious circumstances under which we have convened, because of our success in spite of many obstacles. The laryngologiste of this country as well as those who would have visited us from abroad, have been called upon for more than the usual amount of work during the past few months. Early in May the American Laryngological Association met in New York and was largely participated in by those who otherwise would have been free to aid us. Shortly afterward the American Climatological Association met in Philadelphia, taxing the energy and taking the time of many of the laryngologiste of this country. Only three weeks