John L. Jelks

1911 to 1912

It is with an extreme degree of timidity that I approach the subject of this address, being younger and less experienced than many of my auditors, yet the subject appeals to me, especially at this time. An address of this character must need be ultra scientific.

At its inception, this Society was something new- "a strange vessel on the high seas." In its embryonic state, its moulding was, after a fashion, to partake of the character and idiosyncrasies of those who organized it.

This child of American Medicine has now become a sprightly youth, and with ambition and strength of purpose, having and exercising authority.

The medical world has begun already to recognize authoritatively the expression of its Fellows, and is looking to them for light on the subjects involved in our specialty.

Our individual responsibilities, therefore, become the more distinct and the necessity of exercising discretion and thoroughness of description, as also of perfection of technic, must be carefully observed. What we write or state in moments of extreme enthusiasm cannot be erased, and, if the deductions drawn are erroneous, may exercise incalculable harm.

I can safely state that you would advise and practice what would be considered the best technic for the relief of the patient.