It is a sobering and soul-searching experience to select a subject for a Presidential Address for a group such as the Central Surgical Association. It is unlikely that I could contribute any knowledge to the learned members of this Association, composed as it is of a good many friends with whom I have worked through the years, a number of my former professors, and many eminent and scholarly surgeons. And so, rather than belabor you with subject matter upon which I am considered an authority or burden you with my philosophy, I have selected a subject with which I have had considerable personal experience, a subject which has become of increasing importance, and, lastly, a subject in which I would like to interest the young surgeons in this audience. It is of course addressed to young surgeons everywhere.
Historically, most centers of learning in the arts and sciences have been
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