When you so graciously elected me to the Presidency last year, I realized that, according to tradition, I was not expected to give a victory speech but should wait a year and give a Presidential Address when my term in office officially expired. Needless to say, I gave a lot of thought to the problem of what to talk about. I finally came to the rational conclusion that I lacked the ability of my predecessors to present a scholarly discourse on the glorious achievements of immunologists or to paint a speculative rosy picture of the future of immunology.

My thoughts then turned to the problems that have plagued the Association and members since my application for membership was finally approved in 1937, and to consider possible in policies and procedures for the future. The early-day scientists who founded the Association around 1913 could not have envisioned the magnitude and importance which the concepts and methodology of immunology would attain six decades later.

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