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January 1964

The Presidential Address

Arch Surg. 1964;88(1):1-4. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1964.01310190003001

Most of us accept as inevitable the recurrent social phenomenon known as the presidential address. Decreed by constitution, hallowed by custom, and executed with varying degrees of oratorial finesse by a countless host of officeholders, it has provided for all of us a common ground of interest in our organizational existence.

One of the more interesting aspects of the presidential address is the selection of a suitable topic. Many members of this audience have passed through the protracted, minor agony of this selection process, while others who have escaped the onus of high office have wondered idly at the mechanisms which resulted in the choice of a particular subject.

Most presidential addresses include in their preamble an apologia for the topic chosen, in addition to other clichés of form and content. This talk will be no exception. The topic of this address is: "The Presidential Address."

The presidential address may

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