Last year this Section saw fit to elect me Chairman of this year's meeting. I thank you for this, one of the highest honors I have received. Great moments in one's life are marked by profound emotion. My emotions are in this moment deeply stirred with appreciation; however, I feel many men in this Section more fully deserve this office, any one of whom is better qualified to fill this position.
On thinking of how little I can contribute to this meeting I am much embarrassed to occupy this Chair which through the years has been so ably filled by many of the really great men in pediatrics. Since the Secretary has prepared the program and made all the arrangements, I have no doubt that this year's program will be executed in the usual good form and with the usual exhibition of knowledge of the material presented.
While certain aspects