July 1966

A Surgeon Looks at Education

Author Affiliations

From the departments of surgery, St. Luke's Hospital and Washington University, St. Louis.

Arch Surg. 1966;93(1):1-5. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1966.01330010003001

THE IMMENSITY of the subject I have chosen for my address gives me license to say almost anything. I assure you, however, that the time required for my remarks shall be limited according to the traditions of the Central Surgical Association. I realize that I have a captive audience this morning. This may be a tired phrase, but it does apply here, since I want to tell you a story about a unique captive audience involving the late Dr. Fred Coller. Some of you may have heard the anecdote, but anything that will adorn the memory of that great man is worthy of repetition. When still a young man in Ann Arbor, he accepted an invitation to speak before a county medical society in northern Michigan. It took almost all day for him to get to Traverse City by train. When he arrived it was snowing and no one was

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