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January 1970

Opportunity and Promise: The Magic of a New Job

Arch Intern Med. 1970;125(1):171-173. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310010173023

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This essay means to strike a very personal note— not that every essay isn't really a statement both of the writer as well as from the writer—because I am about to embark on a new and challenging task. On Jan 1, 1970, after 17 years at Duke University, I will be leaving Durham, NC, to become Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago. I will be taking up the baton from Harry Dowling, MD, who is retiring after 20 years of diligent and distinguished leadership. And so the issues of change, of innovation, of self-renewal, of imagination, of that trinity of modern medicine—research, education, and patient care—all loom large before me. The new job appears to put on the line for me what I consider to be the central question of our time: can we effectively make the extraordinary changes in the structure and

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