Mr. President and Fellows of the American Medical Association:—While I appreciate the honor of the Address on State Medicine, I comprehend the difficulty of doing honor to a position so ably filled by Dr. Henry I. Bowditch, Dr. J. L. Cabell, Dr. George H. Rohè, and other distinguished physicians and sanitarians. I am as another Ruth in the already well gleaned fields of Boaz.
If the importance of the subject assigned to me required emphasis, it could receive no stronger than was given to it at the last meeting of the Association, when its honored president. Dr. E. M. Moore, devoted much of his address to it, while the distinguished Father of the Association, Dr. N. S. Davis, in the Address on General Medicine, dwelt upon the same theme.
State Medicine, narrowly defined, is the control of disease through legislative enactments. In its broader signification it includes all that tends