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October 3, 1959


Author Affiliations

New York

From the Department of Surgery, New York University College of Medicine and the Third Surgical Division, Bellevue Hospital.

JAMA. 1959;171(5):550-553. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.73010230003012

It is a great honor to stand in the place which has been occupied by so many illustrious men over the 100 years that the Section on Surgery has existed. The names of those who contributed to the deliberations of the Section conjure up a history of surgical progress in America.

It would be difficult for me to review the musings that a survey of the transactions of the Section bring to mind. To chronicle names, dates, and subjects would be simple but dry. As the Chairman's address should be related to theme of the occasion, I have taken this opportunity to track down from records the answer to a question which has long been on my mind: How did the Section get its curious designation, "The Section on Surgery, General and Abdominal"? Why the adjectives "General" and "Abdominal"? Why the conjunction "and"? Why are the adjectives used as supplements?

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