Dr. Jones, Mr. President, Mr. Dean, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen: I am glad that lengthy after-dinner remarks have become passé, especially in America. I am always a little discouraged when I see someone listed as a speaker after a long and pleasant cocktail hour and dinner, and this feeling becomes more acute when the name which one sees is one's own. This is not so true when the announced speaker is an individual of towering reputation, intelligence, and/or wit, though even in cases such as this, one may not be readily intrigued if the remarks begin at an hour past ten. In any event, I have no pretense of qualifying on these scores, and shall not, therefore, inflict myself upon you unduly.
Since it is indicated in your programs that I am President of the XII International Congress of Dermatology, it is perhaps appropriate that I make a few