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Western Views

William P. Mikkelsen, MD
Arch Surg. 1977;112(4):365-368. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370040017002.
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In 1966,I accepted with surprise and humility election as a district representative of the Western Surgical Association, and four years later, election as your secretary for the next five years. This year I "graduated" to your presidency. The honor and pride that this represents to me is not easily expressed. I know that you all will understand and accept a grateful "thank you."

Some presidents are qualified to speak on esoteric, political, or organizational matters. Certainly, 1976 has not been a year devoid of such subjects. The liability insurance upheaval in my home state of California would have been perhaps an obvious subject selection for me. But what could I have related, other than the frustrations that have been imposed on all of us.

Professional Standards Review Organizations, the World Health Organization, hospital audits as related to Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Hospitals accreditation, peer review are all vital,


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