THIS YEAR the Surgical Infection Society convenes its 17th annual meeting. Since the beginning of the 1990s, membership has approximately doubled; therefore, most of our members have no historical perspective on our beginnings and have not had the opportunity to hear the presidential addresses given by Drs J. Wesley Alexander and Robert Condon recounting those events. With today's address, I would like to revisit our origins and use our past as a springboard to chart some proposals for future development. As a society we are in a position of great strength, with a history of tremendous accomplishments. We are therefore uniquely poised to determine our own course.
I was personally introduced to the Surgical Infection Society by Dr Richard Simmons, during my research fellowship at the University of Minnesota from 1983 to 1985. The research environment in his laboratory thoroughly stimulated my mind, introduced me to the excitement of research,