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Dedication of the Robert S. Dinsmore Surgical Pavilion at Cleveland Clinic Hospital

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We are gathered here today for the dedication of a dream that is working. Forty-one years ago in an army tent in Rouen, France, Doctor Crile, Senior, Doctor Lower, and Doctor Bunts first dreamed this dream.

In the next 30 years, many surgeons contributed to the dream — Tom Jones, Bill Mullin, Jim Dickson, George Belcher, Ted Locke, Bud Waugh. It was these men, the surgeons they worked with or trained, and the men and women in other departments of the Clinic, who laid the foundations of the dream that is now a reality. All have contributed, but it was Bob Dinsmore who had the inspiration, the foresight, and the genius to project and to design this surgical pavilion.

Many of us questioned the wisdom of making this operating suite so large — 22 operating rooms seemed too many. That was five years ago, when it seemed as though antibiotics had conquered the once-surgical problems of infection, and the use of radioisotopes was supplanting thyroidectomy in the treatment of hyperthyroidism. That was also the time when the great development of ultraradical surgery for cancer seemed to have reached its peak. Was this the time, we wondered, to devote 35,000 square feet of the new hospital to operating room space?

While we wondered, Bob Dinsmore went right ahead with the plans. And what happened? New fields of surgery developed. The thoracic surgeons attacked the diseases of the heart. The neurosurgeons injected the basal ganglia to control Parkinson’s disease by chemopallidectomy. The otolaryngologists developed. . .


 

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