We are met together in the sixteenth annual meeting of the Section on Diseases of Children, which was the sixth Section to be formed in the American Medical Association.
This Section was organized under the chairmanship of Dr. S. C. Busey of Washington, in the city of New York, in 1880, with an attendance of about forty members. At this first meeting but five papers were read, and the discussion was carried on by some ten gentlemen. Since then the fortunes of the Section have varied. At one time, interest in it had so declined that a motion was offered that the Section be done away with. Fortunately, this motion was not passed.
The best meeting that the Section ever held was that in Milwaukee in 1893. The program arranged for this present meeting has been gotten up to as great an extent as possible on the lines of the