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To the Editor:—
One of the outstanding characteristics of physicians is their compulsion to form societies and attend meetings. The latter activity can be carried to the extreme if one includes attendance at the many committee meetings which organizations seem to spawn.In Vietnam, the military and civilian physicians are not burdened by such demands on their time, but the compulsion to meet and learn, to talk and hear about their profession is not satisfied. To fulfill this need, a group of physicians in the central highlands of Vietnam formed the Pleiku Medical Society in July 1966. Under the aegis of Lt Col Mark T. Cenac, commanding officer of the 18th Surgical Hospital; Maj William McCloud, senior medical advisor of II Corps, and Maj Tran Qui Trung, commanding officer of the Vietnamese Pleiku Military Hospital, the physicians in the area meet every two weeks. Cases are presented, and occasionally topics
Rosenberg JC. Pleiku Medical Society. JAMA. 1967;201(8):641–642. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130080083035
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