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Surgical Reminiscence
June 1999

George W. Stephenson, MD, FACS (1902-1998)

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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

Arch Surg. 1999;134(6):678-679. doi:10.1001/archsurg.134.6.678

THE TELEPHONE would ring and I would answer it.

From the other end, "Are ya runnin' dry?" The voice was that of George Willoughby Stephenson, MD, FACS, archivist of the American College of Surgeons.

"Seems like it," I would say.

"Be right up!"

Then George and I would have a cup of coffee together in the small lounge provided by the college and together solve all but the stickiest problems of our world. For the stickiest problems, George's pronouncement would be, "It's a puzzlement."

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