25th Anniversary Presentation| Volume 25, ISSUE 2, P200, March 2000

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      It is often said that if you watch the posted list of operative procedures being done in a hospital, you will find the titles of articles published in the surgical journals some months earlier. This natural tendency to want to try the new, usually modifying the author's procedure while doing so, seems to be a part of human nature.
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