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April 1977

Western Views

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Los Angeles County-University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles.

Arch Surg. 1977;112(4):365-368. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370040017002

In 1966,I accepted with surprise and humility election as a district representative of the Western Surgical Association, and four years later, election as your secretary for the next five years. This year I "graduated" to your presidency. The honor and pride that this represents to me is not easily expressed. I know that you all will understand and accept a grateful "thank you."

Some presidents are qualified to speak on esoteric, political, or organizational matters. Certainly, 1976 has not been a year devoid of such subjects. The liability insurance upheaval in my home state of California would have been perhaps an obvious subject selection for me. But what could I have related, other than the frustrations that have been imposed on all of us.

Professional Standards Review Organizations, the World Health Organization, hospital audits as related to Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Hospitals accreditation, peer review are all vital,

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