Excerpt from New York and New England Association of Railway Surgeons: Transactions of the Twenty-Third Annual Session, Held at the Hotel Astor, Broadway and Forty-Fourth Street, New York City, Wednesday, October Twenty-Second, Nineteen Hundred and Thirteen
Custom has made it incumbent upon the retiring president of this organization to deliver what, for want of a better term, has been called the President's Address. In the main this may be supposed to be a resume of the work of the association during the year, and if that were all that comprised the address it would be sufficiently short to please the most fastidious listener, for if the truth be told the actual work which this association accomplishes is vastly less than we could wish. It would not be easy to fix the responsibility for this condition of affairs, and perhaps the presiding officer is as much to be blamed, if not more than any other member. We have excellent meetings once a year, and we make many excellent resolutions at these meetings. We take up brieﬂy and in a very superficial way consider some of the important factors which might be supposed to make a successful organization, but the days and the weeks and the months pass and we as individuals apparently accomplish less than we ought, and this, I believe, is partly due to the lack of a definite plan for actual accomplishment, and partly due to the fact that our person-a1 work occupies so large a portion of our time that it is only as this personal work has a bearing upon the work of the association as a whole that we may be said in any real sense to do actual work for the association of which we are members.
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