One might wonder why there have been only 75 annual meetings of a surgical society representing a region of the United States with more than 350 years of a strong tradition of literature and learning, and where surgeons had made many important contributions to American and world surgery during the 19th and 20th centuries. Blame the Bostonians. Surgeons from that hub city initially opposed the formation of yet another association on the grounds that they were already involved in too many meetings. It was only when the persistence of Philemon Truesdale of Fall River, Mass, and a small cadre of like-minded independent surgeons from beyond Dedham persuaded the eminent Samuel Jason Mixter to join their cause that other Boston surgeons reluctantly agreed.
The choice of Dr Mixter was a stroke of genius. He was a busy man, soon to become President of the American Surgical Association, and his prestige and