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Specialization and Superspecialization in Surgery

Charles Eckert, MD
Arch Surg. 1974;109(2):139-142. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360020001001.
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We are privileged to have as our hosts for this meeting the Department of Surgery of the University of Cincinnati. Its chairman, William A. Altemeier, MD, was the 16th president of the Central Surgical Association in 1959. Many of you I am sure have read the symposium on "A Sesquicentennial Study of Daniel Drake and the Results of His Theories on Medical Education" that was moderated by Dr. Altemeier and published in the Annals of Surgery (170:528, 1969). The College of Medicine of the University of Cincinnati was founded on Jan 19, 1819, by a charter granted to Daniel Drake by the Ohio legislature. Drake was far ahead of his time in his ideas of medical education and it is in no small measure owing to his influence that the College of Medicine of the University of Cincinnati attained early preeminent status. The surgical school of this institution has long


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