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June 2, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(5):468-471. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970050070019


The Original Gold-Headed Cane.—  For the 20th awarding of the Gold-Headed Cane by the University of California Medical School, San Francisco, Dr. Charles M. Wilson Moran, past-president of the British Medical Association and personal physician to the late George VI and Sir Winston Churchill, will bring with him from the Museum of the Royal College of Physicians the original Gold Headed Cane that has been carried by a series of eminent physicians in England. Lord Moran's visit, especially for these ceremonies, was suggested and made possible by Dr. William J. Kerr, professor emeritus of medicine, who originated the Gold-Headed Cane Ceremonies at the University of California, through which the award is given to that student in the senior class who possesses to the highest degree—in the opinion of his classmates and of the faculty of the department of medicine—the qualities of the "true physician." The award will be given