Pragmatism Over Politics

        For the November 2015 issue of Annals, I wrote an editorial discussing the continued need for independence for our specialty, called for a historical review of the decades-long struggle for independence, and open and honest discussion about progress to date and what more needs to be accomplished.1 As promised, twelve months hence, the current issue of Annals is dedicated to documenting the history of Vascular Surgery’s move towards independence through the American Board of Vascular Surgery (ABVS). Drs Stanley and Veith have spent countless hours writing a comprehensive account of ‘the struggles’, have provided the associated documents and correspondence maintained by the ABVS, and have invited commentaries from those individuals who were directly involved in the ABVS. Opinions continue to vary widely on these contentious issues; although some may disagree, we have attempted to present the facts and documents without bias, in order to allow the reader to come to his or her own conclusions.
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