There seems to be a wave of surgeons' interest in effective professional communication. On Sept 30 and Oct 1, a total of 100 surgeons shuttered themselves in the Mark Hopkins Hotel from a clement San Francisco weekend. The attraction: a course in "Communicating Scientific Thought: How to Influence Editors and Win Readers" given by Lois DeBakey, PhD, Professor of Scientific Communications at Baylor College of Medicine and Tulane School of Medicine, with the help of her sister Selma and an invited faculty of medical editors.
The registrants in the course, which was held under the auspices of the American College of Surgeons in relation to its annual meeting, were active surgeons, many of them occupying full-time academic positions. Expositions by the faculty composed one third of the curriculum. During most of the remainder of the time the registrants met with each other and with faculty members in workshops to write