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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
Bean WB. History of the California Academy of Medicine 1930-1960.. Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(6):865. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860120177037