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May 1993

Some Thoughts of a Trauma Surgeon

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington.

Arch Surg. 1993;128(5):489-493. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1993.01420170019001

I am aware that the presidential address is supposed to be a profound statement concerning some major problem, such as inadequate medical care, in our society. However, in reflecting on what I might talk about, I realized that not a day goes by without multiple editorials and newspaper articles covering the lack of universal health care, the high cost of medicine, and the failure of the government to do anything about them. Having reflected on all these factors, I found myself at a loss to be able to say anything profound. I do know the answer to these health care problems, but I am afraid if I give you the answers today that I might spoil all the rhetoric we are to hear from the two political parties.

Having had these reflections and recognizing that I had nothing very important to say, I decided to talk to you about something

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