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The Surgical Congress
The fifty-seventh annual session of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chirurgie was held as usual in Berlin, immediately after Easter. The opening address was delivered by the president, Prof. W. Roepke, director of the Wuppertal-Barmen Municipal Hospital, who referred to the national celebration and took a strong stand against the breaking up of medicine into an undue number of specialties. He said that for the progress of surgery it was indispensable to protect it against further splitting off of specialties, since only the surgeon with knowledge of the manifold connections and relationships between the organs of the body could be an exponent of real surgery. Such branches as orthopedics and the treatment of accidents should not be separated from general surgery. He pointed out what had been accomplished in recent years in the various fields of surgery. Surgery of the extremities, which, because of the increase in accidents,
BERLIN. JAMA. 1933;100(25):2030-2032. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740250052021