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April 1994

Pediatric Surgery: Then and Now

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Children's Hospital, Boston, Mass.

Arch Surg. 1994;129(4):345-352. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1994.01420280011002

First, let me express my deep appreciation for the honor of serving as president of the New England Surgical Society. Many of the 72 past presidents were my teachers. One was Dr Thomas H. Lanman, a pioneer in pediatric surgery. In his presidential address in 1947, he said: "Whether we like it or not, the social and economic problems of medicine today must be faced, and by constructive efforts we must attempt their solution."1 Interestingly, 100 years earlier in 1847, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote,

The name of Washington City in the newspapers is everyday of blacker shade. All the news from that quarter being of a sadder type, more malignant. It seems to be settled that no act of honor or benevolence or justice is to be expected from the American government, but only this, that they will be as wicked as they dare. No man can have any

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