The By-laws of the American Medical Association provide that the chairman of each section shall present "an addressn recent advances in the branches belonging to his Section, including such suggestions in regard to improvements or methods of work as he may deem important." This defines the character and limits the scope of his address and is, no doubt, a wise provision. Certain departures from the letter of the law are, I infer, permissible and, in pursuance of this belief, I shall digres sufficiently to welcome you all most heartily to this session of the Section, also to offer you my sincere thanks for the splendid manner in which you have supported the officers of the Section in their endeavor to present a program full to overflowing of valuable papers.
Some years ago Dr. Casey A. Wood, acting under Section 3 of the Constitution, which empowers officers of Sections to invite