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November 1991

Surgical Oncology—A Specialty or Just Special?James Ewing Lecture

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minn.

Arch Surg. 1991;126(11):1408-1410. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1991.01410350102015

I am indeed pleased and honored to have been invited to give the James Ewing lecture this year, and to be among those who have previously done so. To review the list of previous James Ewing lecturers makes one humble to recognize his peers, teachers, and associates from whom he has learned so much. Although I did not personally know Dr Ewing, name recognition and respect for his great contribution to the field of oncology came as a medical student more than 50 years ago when I bought and studied the fourth edition of his book, Neoplastic Diseases,1 a classic contribution to the knowledge of cancer in his day. One could spend considerable time relating how this man has contributed to the professional life of each of us. Rather than relate what has been so eloquently stated by LaSalle Leffall2 in his James Ewing lecture in 1987, I