IT IS with real pleasure that I address you. I am cognizant of the honor you have conferred upon me as your president, and I wish to take this opportunity to express my deepest thanks and appreciation.
The Western Surgical Association has had a long and honorable career. Its membership is drawn in large part from the West and Middle West. We elect a governor to the American College of Surgeons. We nominate a candidate to the American Board of Surgery every six years. Our membership represents a large percentage of the surgeons in certain parts of our country. Our purpose has been to present scientific programs with the most recent advances in surgery—primarily for the further education of our membership.
With the tremendous changes in the status quo, I have been deeply concerned and greatly troubled. Have we as members of the Western Surgical Association been too much occupied