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LEWIS A. SAYRE, M.D.,

PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION.

ADDRESS OF LEWIS A. SAYRE, M.D.,

PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION.

GENTLEMEN OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION :

BEFORE entering upon the duties of the high office to which you have elected me, I wish to return you my sincere thanks for the distinguished honor thus conferred, and to pledge you that I will endeavor to discharge its duties to the best of my ability.

No one can feel more keenly than I do my own incapacity properly to fill the distinguished position to which you have elected me, or more sincerely regret that some other, more competent and more worthy of the honor, had not been elected in my place. But as your too partial personal friendship bas thus elevated me to this post, I must appeal to your generosity to overlook any of my shortcomings, and rely upon your mutual aid to assist me in the discharge of the important duties thus imposed.

Who can properly appreciate the value of this Association, or the immense advantage it has already been to the medical profession throughout our whole country? Contemplate for a moment the difference in the morale, the devotion to scientific investigation, the mutual respect and good feeling between its menibers at the present time, and the condition when this Association was organized. At that time there were often en vyings, jealousies, and heart-burning, fault-finding, and traduction ; those who had achieved distinction were frequently slandered and abused by those who had not been so fortunate; the slightest imperfection of a professional brother was magnified into such undue proportions as completely to obscure any really good qualities or attainments that he might actually possess; and thus the whole profession was injured in the estimation of the public by the rivalries, bickerings, and jealousies that existed among its members. Now, each one seems so engaged in endeavoring to improve himself and elevate his own position in

the profession, that he has no time to devote to studying his neighbor's faults, much less to accurately scrutinize and publicly herald his seeming defects.

The science of medicine has been so much enlarged in all its different departments by the minute researches now demanded, and by the great advance and rapid progress of many of its specialties, as to require that every moment of a man's time be occupied in the closest study if he would keep himself abreast with the daily improvements in our profession. And he who is thus occupied has no time to study the defects of others. By this constant struggle to improve ourselves and advance our science, the whole profession becomes more elevated in tone; and we already see that physicians are becoming more and more respected by the community at large.

Let us contemplate for a few moments what has been done by the profession in America for the improvement of medical and surgical science, and the relief of suffering humanity. Some years ago, Sydney Smith, one of England's most popular authors, said in the Edinburgh Review : “ The Americans are a brave, industrious, and acute people, but they have hitherto maile no approaches to the heroic, either in their morality or their character. During the thirty or forty years of their independence they have done absolutely nothing for the sciences, for the arts, for literature, or even for the statesmanlike studies of politics and political economy.

In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an American book, or goes to an American play, or looks apon an American picture or statue? What does the world yet owe to American physicians or surgeons? What new substances have their chemists discovered, or what old ones have they analyzed ? What new coustellations have been discovered by the telescopes of Americans ? What have they done in mathematics? Who drinks out of American glasses, or eats out of American plates, or wears American coats or gowns, or sleeps in American blankets ?"

It would seem to me that the very Declaration of Independence, and the willingness to sacrifice their lives to obtain it, was an act of heroism equal to any recorded in history. And the organization of the Government under constitutional law, which has yielded such results as were never before obtained, is an evidence of statesmanship and of knowledge in political economy which has been seldom equalled, and never surpassed.

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