It behooves the president of a well-established medical society to address its members in person. Regrettably, I am compelled rather to write you a letter apologizing for my unavoidable absence and wishing you a successful meeting and a free exchange of ideas on the subject to which this association is devoted.
I have chosen as my subject the present and future of surgery of the thorax. Would that I might so contrast the thoracic surgery of today with that of years gone by that its present status would be regarded as a blessed boon to humanity. Would that I might demonstrate that, as a result of persistent and untiring experimentation and clinical study, innumerable human beings are saved today who previously would have died. It would be a tremendous exhilaration to compile a list of modern operations which today might be combating pathologic conditions of the thorax with a success