President Weech, Dr. Hansen, Councilmen, Fellow Members of the American Pediatric Society, and Guests:
It must be all too obvious to you that I am overwhelmed by this manifestation of your good-will and confidence in conferring upon me the coveted John Howland Medal and Award for 1958. The experience of losing my composure and becoming unable to give full and appropriate expression to the mixed feelings of pleasure, gratitude, and humility aroused by the occasion leads me to wonder about the intactness of my own mesencephalic centers, which are alleged to control the affect. Indeed, while my loyal friend and long-time right-hand associate, Dr. Hansen, was speaking his generous words in my behalf, emotional equanimity could be sustained only by voluntarily calling to mind one of Lew Thomas' choicest aphorisms to the effect that "a little flattery won't hurt you if you don't inhale."
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