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Surgical Reminiscence
April 2000

A Time to Remember

Arch Surg. 2000;135(4):488. doi:10.1001/archsurg.135.4.488

IT WAS a brisk Saturday morning at 8 o'clock and Surgical Grand Rounds would begin momentarily. John E. Jesseph, MD, chairman of the Department of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine, in Indianapolis, usually said little at the beginning of the presentation; the speaker just walked up to the podium and proceeded with the talk. Today was different. In the past 48 hours, the headlines and lead stories of the newspapers and radio and television stations were obsessed with the kidnapping of hostages at the US embassy in Tehran, Iran. The government of the US had not yet released an official policy statement; but "Jack" Jesseph already had begun to formulate his response to the crisis.

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