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News clippings. "Reforms In Surgeon Ranks Are Demanded By Dr. Rankin." Chicago, Illinois. "RANKIN WILL ADDRESS BRITISH, IRISH SURGEONS, 1953

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Page 12 TG Gmdfl G Y I'. GD H1 A C1 4 B D R k· CHICAGO, Oct. 9 (IP)-The new *—j"‘j ’ head of the American College of ` Surgeons said tonight the college . ‘ must end fee splitting, ghost sur- ,— gery and the charging of exorbit- . I ·» ant fees. ' i Dr. Fred W. Rankin, of Lexing- V _ ton, Ky., spoke after a ceremony, . Z ? at which he was installed as presi- dent of the college and 1,100 new fellows were inducted, l , , I "Let us admit," Dr. Rankin said, if-- "that there are still men in our V profession—fortunate1y their num- ber is sma1l—who practice divi- V. sion of fees, who do ghost surgery, - , who perform unnecessary opera- tions, and who charge exorbitant V tees for their services." _ _ _ . The responsibility of the Col- . lege of Surgeons, he said, is "to ” ,_ make every effort to end these . _` practices" which have been con- demned by the American Medical · . Association and by numberous . · state medical groups. ~ ‘° Dr. Rankin said that "in many ` respects surgeons carry the heav- ’ , ` iest responsibilities of all physi- ~ · cialis, if only because of the harm ‘ _ they can do." , ,For that reason, he said, and _ because the field of medical __,- knowledge is too broad for any _ one man to master it, specializa- . ‘ tion is necessary. _ "I am convinced," Dr. Rankin · · said, "that we do not have too _ , - many adequately trained special- ‘ ists, and I am equally convinced that surgery is too often done by — · _ . men of too little training and _ experience. "This problem will not be solved by attempts to delineate . _ the boundaries between minor and — major surgery. Minor surgery, when done by an unskilled hand, ’ A is major surgery.” ° _ . Dr. Rankin said that high ’ » ~ ethical standards, "honesty, integ- · _ rity and the stoutness of character » to which we give the old-fash- ; , ioned name of uprigh»tness," are ‘ "still the spiritual values which — — men should live by." Yet, he said, "there are some in V - our midst who do not recognize their .obligations or who, recog- V . nizing them, lack the courage to . ` live by them. They fall into the V - twin- pitfalls of avarice and ill- ' gotten gains." , - Dr. Rankin said that during the V past ye. {attempts have actually been m in certain medical ‘ . organiza? ’ to discipline the _re- : gents; of t IS college who simply i ' told fthe truth about these invidi- ‘ - ous practices in press conferences. : _ These attempts did not succeed. I ` . V doubt that such attempts will ever Y , · l succeed. V : “But that the issue should ever I g—· have been raised at all leaves one . ‘ wondering? < . HE posed the question, ,"Are ` — some, of our professional short- j V comirtgs but p-art of an evolution- 5 ¢ · __ ary-cycle? - "For my own part, I refuse to { ‘ believe it. The goal of our pro- I fession is still service."