I don't know whether it is a more arduous task for the author to prepare a presidential address or for the audience to listen to one, but in either event there seems to be no escape. This of course assumes that the author has no breath-taking discovery to report, which unfortunately is the case at this time.
On looking about for a subject of my remarks, I noted that historical reviews, medical education, and the training of a surgeon have been favorite topics and repeatedly discussed in past years. It occurred to me, therefore, that we had been given a pretty good historical background and had been carried throughout undergraduate and graduate education, but that no one had been foolish enough or had had the temerity to talk about what we do after that—when we are actually engaged in the practice of surgery. This is obviously a big subject which
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