Alois B. Graham

1920 to 1921

I have no original proctologic research work to offer, and, as a scientific subject or ease report is best presented where a full opportunity for discussion is permitted, it shall be my endeavor to direct your attention to some suggestions or matters of general interest, which, if adopted, might possibly improve the general welfare of this Society.

In reply to those who are of the opinion that there are too many medical societies, I would emphasize the fact that the American Proctologic Society needs no apology for its existence. The watchword of its charter members was "Progress ", and it has withstood all storms. If nurtured properly and carefully it will continue, as it has since its birth, to occupy a prominent position in medical and surgical progress and fulfill the object for which it was organized to the anus, rectum and colon.

As to age, the American Proctologic Society has attained its majority, and with but one exception, which was in 1918 during the world war, it has held its annual session as prescribed by its constitution. Its membership of approximately fifty Fellows indicates a slow but continuous and healthy growth. A review of its scientific programs is sufficient testimony to illustrate that progress has been made, and we who enjoy the privilege of membership in this Society may well feel proud of the honor and distinction which has been conferred upon us.