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Russia Revisited

RALPH A. DETERLING JR., M.D.
Arch Surg. 1961;83(2):275-285. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1961.01300140117023.
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As Eugene Lyons1 so aptly stated in his article, One Trip to Russia Does not Make an Expert, the exposure of even a seasoned traveler from America to this land of mystery is generally sufficient to produce profound statements and specific conclusions on a variety of topics. As he observes, "On crossing the Soviet frontier, businessmen, clergymen, lady globetrotters seem to feel a self-imposed compulsion to judge the country. People who in any other country might be content just to see the sights immediately become sociologists, economists, and experts." Indeed, I must admit to having yielded to such a compulsion upon my return to America after my first trip to Russia, in the fall of 1959. That visit resulted from an invitation by several Soviet surgeons during their visit to New York in October of 1957. During that time, I was asked to help arrange their brief visit to

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