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May 1981

The Decade Ahead: Presidential Address

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From the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

Arch Surg. 1981;116(5):505-507. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380170005001

The decade ahead will be one of change far more dramatic than in any other period in the history of our profession. Physicians and surgeons must be strong and resolute in their dedication.

In Gregg's Enigmas of Life he states: In the later years of life the intellectual vision, if often clearer, usually grows less confident and enterprising. Age is content to think, where youth would have been anxious to demonstrate and establish; and problems and enigmas which at thirty, I fancied I might be able to solve, I find, at sixty, I must be satisfied simply to propound.

This attitude of complacency is subtle and insidious; we must, therefore, resist the temptation to observe rather than participate.

There is no doubt that the great scientific and technical advances that have been made in medicine and surgery since the turn of the century offer the patient of today a far

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