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October 6, 1951

RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SURGEON TO MODERN SOCIETY: CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS

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Philadelphia

JAMA. 1951;147(6):535-537. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670230001001
Abstract

In the selection of a subject for the chairman's address to this section, I have taken one which does not deal with great achievements of surgery. These are well known to our colleagues in the various branches of medicine and to the lay public as well; they need no praise, for they have added immeasurably to the comfort and well-being of our people. In the therapy of some diseases and abnormalities internal medicine has become more and more surgical, while in others nonsurgical means of therapy now provide a safer and better means of achieving health than operation ever afforded. The surgeon has long been sensitive to the changing therapy of disease, perhaps more so than his strictly medical colleagues.

In the attack now being made on American medicine, surgeons unfortunately have provided a considerable amount of the ammunition which is being used by those who would destroy medicine as

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