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August 4, 1951


JAMA. 1951;146(14):1331-1334. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670140057018


Gold Headed Cane Ceremony.  —The 14th Ceremony of the Gold-headed Cane at the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, was held June 5. The award is made annually to the outstanding senior medical student chosen by his fellow students and by faculty members for having in greatest measure the qualities of "a true physician" and for showing "the greatest interest in the care of his patients during the clinical year." An eminent physician is selected to give an address on the occasion, and he too receives a gold-headed cane. The winner of the honor in 1951 was Charles J. Carman, while John Lewis Linville and George W. Smith received honorable mention. The guest speaker was Dr. Roger Irving Lee, Boston, a former president of the American College of Physicians and of the American Medical Association. The award, a yew-wood cane with an engraved golden handle, is modeled

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