Excerpt from Transactions of the First Pan-American Medical Congress, Vol. 3 of 3: Held in the City of Washington, D. C., U. S. A., September 5, 6, 7, and 8, A. D. 1893
When the American Laryngological Association held its first annual meeting in 1879 there were, all told, less than thirty men in the United States sufficiently interested in the subject to be counted laryngologists. But the ranks have been added to rapidly year by year, until now there are probably not less than four times that number who are well equipped; and in all of the cities and larger towns throughout the country are others more or less qualified who are doing considerable work in this special line, and it is probable that to - day 500 men could be found in the United States who might present something of interest to this body, though I have been able to discover only about 200 of them.
Nearly a year ago I Opened correspondence with the physicians Of Central and South America and the West Indies, hoping to get them to join us in this con gress, but I regret to say that in only a few instances have I been able to obtain replies to my letters, and that only two or three of our colleagues in those coun tries have promised papers for this occasion. Considering the limited intercourse which has always existed between the United States and the Latin Americas, this is not a matter of surprise, but it is hoped that this congress will be a beginning Of a closer alliance and personal friendships, which will, in coming years, bring us often together, and build up a powerful International Congress in this Western Hemisphere.
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