At the time of the Gold-Headed Cane Ceremony in 1964 a friend of mine gave me a copy of the second phase of the History of the California Academy of Medicine. I had been much interested in this society ever since I had the great pleasure of giving them a talk in 1957. I have given talks of various kinds, and in various places, and under the most remarkable array of auspices. The fact is I rather like to talk. I encourage the curious custom of paying me to do so, as it increases my contentment.
The California Academy of Medicine is a rather special group, priding itself on an origin which goes back nearly 100 years when a band of mostly pre-Gold Rush doctors got together in San Francisco "for the protection and relief of deserving physicians and their families who may suffer from sickness and want and to