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January 1985

William A. Altemeier, MD: Surgeon and Bacteriologist: Presidential Address

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From the Hospital, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Read before the Fourth Annual Meeting of the Surgical Infection Society, Montreal, April 30, 1984.

Arch Surg. 1985;120(1):13-16. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1985.01390250007001

It came to me as somewhat of a shock one year ago to receive a telephone call from William Altemeier, MD, at breakfast time on the first day of the meeting of the Surgical Infection Society (SIS). The conversation went somewhat like this:

Dr Altemeier: "The nominating committee of the Surgical Infection Society met this morning."

Dr Rhoads: "I did not know that I was a member of it."

Dr Altemeier: "You are not."

Dr Rhoads: "I did not think I was."

Dr Altemeier: "The committee wants to nominate you for the presidency of the SIS. Will you accept?"

Dr Rhoads: "I can think of many younger people who would be more appropriate [I mentioned, as an example, Dr Basil Pruitt]."

Dr Altemeier: "The committee thinks that the society should be in senior hands a little longer."

Dr Rhoads: "If this is the committee's final decision, I will serve if

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