In assuming the duties of this chair my mind instinctively reverts to its first occupant, who as you all well know was the founder and organizer of this confederation, a pioneer in medical educational reform in this country, an earnest and forceful advocate of every reasonable method of advancing the standard in the United States. Though he was our leader he was also our companion and friend, and if he were yet living he would most likely continue to occupy the chair. To be regarded as worthy of the succession is an honor that I fully appreciate. Let us always keep green the memory of John H. Rauch.
There is food for much thought in assuming the direction of the affairs of this organization. It is a body unique among medical societies. It is without a parallel in medical history and has not even a complete record of its