It came to me as somewhat of a shock one year ago to receive a telephone call from William Altemeier, MD, at breakfast time on the first day of the meeting of the Surgical Infection Society (SIS). The conversation went somewhat like this:
Dr Altemeier: "The nominating committee of the Surgical Infection Society met this morning."
Dr Rhoads: "I did not know that I was a member of it."
Dr Altemeier: "You are not."
Dr Rhoads: "I did not think I was."
Dr Altemeier: "The committee wants to nominate you for the presidency of the SIS. Will you accept?"
Dr Rhoads: "I can think of many younger people who would be more appropriate [I mentioned, as an example, Dr Basil Pruitt]."
Dr Altemeier: "The committee thinks that the society should be in senior hands a little longer."
Dr Rhoads: "If this is the committee's final decision, I will serve if
Rhoads JE. William A. Altemeier, MD: Surgeon and BacteriologistPresidential Address. Arch Surg. 1985;120(1):13-16. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1985.01390250007001