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January 1991

Retrospect and ProspectRuminations After the First Decade of the Surgical Infection Society

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Arch Surg. 1991;126(1):19-22. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1991.01410250023002

I want to thank the members of the Surgical Infection Society for the trust and honor accorded me through election as President of the Society. The approbation of one's peers truly is the ultimate accolade, and I am grateful both for that boon and for the opportunity to guide the activities of the Surgical Infection Society as it continues to contribute to the body of scientific knowledge and thus to improve the care of our patients.

The Society has just completed its first decade. This is an important milestone. It is most appropriate that we meet here in Cincinnati, the home of our founder, William A. Altemeier, MD, and take a look at our accomplishments as well as to try to set an agenda for the future. The Society has successfully completed its infancy and childhood. We are alive and well. We have gained acceptance as a society from our

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