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Presidential Address
August 1, 2005

The Academic Department of SurgeryBetween Scylla and Charybdis

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine.

Arch Surg. 2005;140(8):719-723. doi:10.1001/archsurg.140.8.719

Members and guests of the Pacific Coast Surgical Association, ladies and gentlemen, one can aspire to no greater honor than the election by one’s peers to preside at the 76th annual meeting of our esteemed society. Recognizing the trust and responsibility implicit in this privilege, I thank you for your generosity and promise you my best effort. Most of all, Sandy and I express our appreciation for the friendship and professional fellowship we have enjoyed in your company during the 36 years since I presented my first paper to the Pacific Coast Surgical Association. I remember it as a rainy, bitter cold, February weekend at the former El Mirador Hotel, in Palm Springs, Calif. I think it must have been worthwhile, however, because soon after our meeting the hotel was converted to a hospital.

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