THE HONOR of serving as your president reflects the kindness and friendship which my Canadian colleagues and I have received from you down through the years, and which we value more than we can say. I am particularly aware of the special nature of this our 25th annual meeting. This being a learned society, I shall be speaking primarily from the viewpoint of academic medicine, not only because many of us hold responsibilities in academic areas, but also because it is my personal conviction that major solutions to problems involving the care of the peoples' health will emerge to an ever increasing degree from the direction of the universities.
Changes of incredible magnitude have jostled our world since our founders gathered to form our association on May 1, 1940. World's fairs are meant to reveal the quintessence of a period. The New York World's Fair of 1939 took as its theme