At the outset, I should like to express my appreciation to the Society for the singular honor which is mine in serving as its president; to pay tribute to my teachers, most particularly Samuel Clausen, Jean Cooke, Alexis Hartmann, and William Bradford, and also to my distinguished predecessor, Henry Barnett, who was so helpful in the early days of my research; and to commend my wife and daughters for their generous moral support, and for having such an intuitive understanding of the care and feeding of society presidents!
Consider with me for a few moments some historical events in medicine. Out of the many which come to mind, I have selected the following for your attention.
The discovery of the vasa lymphatica and the thoracic duct, the sinoauricular node, the mast cell, and the two divisions of the auditory nerve. The discovery of the role of the optic lens in