THEN AND NOW.
In the year 1880, in the city of Richmond, in a small room containing a mere handful of physicians. I had the honor, as secretary of this Section on Diseases of Children, to sit face to face with the first members who inaugurated a great advance in medical investigation.Your leader then who, although over a quarter of a century has passed by, still represents preëminently the broad principles of pediatric science, was chairman of this Section and established it on a firm basis. We were thus honored in the very beginning of our existence by having as our presiding officer the father of pediatrics in America—Abraham Jacobi. The name has proved of good omen, and the meeting of 1880 was an epoch in the history of the American Medical Association.To-day I have been bidden, and have accepted the privilege with pleasure, to welcome in Boston