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Presentation of the Murphy Gavel

Wiley F. Barker, MD
Arch Surg. 1988;123(9):1051-1052. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1988.01400330027002.
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At the end of my term as president of this Association, it was apparent that the gavel from the plates of Her Majesty's Ship Beaver and the locust trees in British Columbia, which had served for so many years as the gavel of the Pacific Coast Surgical Association, had space remaining on it for the names of only a few of the future presidents.

While visiting the John B. Murphy Building owned by the American College of Surgeons in Chicago last year, I saw some beautiful old pieces of wood going into retirement. I persuaded the officers of the College to allow me to have a piece of a birch window sill. It was my pleasure to design a new gavel and to work with two fine craftsmen to be able to present this new "John B. Murphy" gavel to the Pacific Coast Surgical Association (Figure). John B. Murphy was


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