Dr Max L Som delivered his Semon Lecture on the 6th of November 1969. Within this Lecture, he marks a renaissance of partial or conservation surgery, and discusses both indications and procedures. Som’s talk is very patient focused and he urges more surgeons to acquaint themselves with the procedure.
Max Som was born in Russia before moving to the United States as a child. He spent his career working as a head and neck specialist, founding and leading a number of head and neck departments such as the one at Beth Israel Hospital. Som also made pioneering advances in laryngeal cancer removal, such that patients were able to speak after their surgery.