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August 1968

Early History of the Central Surgical Association: "An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man," Ralph Waldo Emerson

Arch Surg. 1968;97(2):170-174. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1968.01340020034002

WHO was the man who cast such a great shadow on the scene of American surgery some 30 years ago? (Fig 1).

In searching out and reviewing the personal correspondence of the late Roy D. McClure, of Detroit, through the courtesy of our past president, D. Emerick Szilagyi, one finds that the seed of the Central Surgical Association was planted on Feb 26, 1940, when McClure wrote to many of his friends, leaders in surgery, in the Central States of America, in part:

It has occurred to me on more than one occasion that in our section of the United States the more promising younger surgeons do not have the opportunities for self-expression and stimulation of friendly and intimate contacts with each other that are open to men of similar abilities and aspirations in other parts of the country.

I am particularly impressed on my visits to the Southern Surgical

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