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Presidential Address. An Elegant Profession

This President was torn between giving a ‘state of the art’ report on the health and development of the profession and of the Institution-our successes and our failures-or a statement on the ‘art we profess’. On the one hand, there is the danger of merely repeating, with some updating, the excellent reports that have been given by Past Presidents, and on the other there is the possible danger of indulging oneself, of ‘fiddling while Rome burns’. Experience would suggest that the art of pursuing one’s own policies while appearing to compromise is essential to the survival of any President. This I hope to achieve. J.H. Armstrong