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August 2002

The Irish American Contribution to Surgery

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Los Angeles, Calif.

Arch Surg. 2002;137(8):882-887. doi:10.1001/archsurg.137.8.882

Churchill once stated, "Everything that needs to be said has already been said but not yet by everyone." So today I would like to give a talk that is a little different from that usually heard at the Pacific Coast Surgical Association [PCSA] and that hopefully will be both instructional as well as entertaining.

I have been fascinated for a long time that one of the great strengths of America is the unique mixture of talents, experiences, and outlooks that come from the different ethnic groups that comprise our country. Homogeneity does not describe America at all. The differences at times may produce conflict, but, in general, are enriching and not only additive to the overall product but synergistic and complementary. Various ethnic groups bring different personalities and talents to the table at which we all share. Surgery in America also benefits from this wealth of different alloyed qualities, which are often ethnically derived.