• This company of surgeons, the Pacific Coast Surgical Association, has honored me greatly, and I am grateful. In a turbulent, changing world, as physicians, you are among the most important people on earth. More important, by far, than any technologic aspect of your craft, is your character. As the pen is mightier than the sword, your beliefs and values are the sustaining force that will guide you in troubled times. Icons are Everyman's "pointers of the way" in meeting the challenges of tomorrow.
(Arch Surg. 1992;127:1012-1018)