Recognition from our peers is indeed a fine honor, and you have given me, as president, generous return for those contributions I have made, especially as I compare them to those of other members of this Society during the past 27 years. In some instances, this office has been filled by persons who have given unusual services. Since I remain in your debt for this position, I shall try to bring you information that to some will be new, and to others will offer a perspective for better understanding of the contributions being made contemporarily.
In the course of public service, election to office is recognition that can be obtained by various programmed campaigns by politicians. Usually, prior records of service and accomplishment are factors, but agile use of the techniques of publicity is helpful. There are elements of this in the elected offices in professional societies. Popularity, personality, and
William S. Blakemore. Recognition. Arch Surg. 1979;114(11):1211–1218. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1979.01370350013001