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September 1993

Pacific Coast Surgical Association: Surgeons and the Evolution of Vascular Surgery

Arch Surg. 1993;128(9):957-963. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1993.01420210017002

SURGEONS WHO have been members of the Pacific Coast Surgical Association (PCSA) have made significant contributions to the development of modern vascular surgery during the past 40 years. From 1953 to 1993, 147 articles on vascular surgery topics have been presented at the annual meetings of the association. Time will only permit the presentation of those PCSA surgeons and topics that I consider to have been of significant importance in the evolution of modern vascular surgery.

I shall never forget the indelible experience I had as a third-year medical student in the surgical admitting ward of the then Los Angeles County General Hospital in 1947. Several classmates and I were making evening teaching rounds with an attending physician, a professor of medicine who took us to the bedside of a critically ill patient with excruciating abdominal pain, shock, and an expanding pulsating upper abdominal mass. We were told that this

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