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Official Publication of the Pima County Medical Society

Vol. 48

No. 2


Pima County Medical Society Officers

PCMS Board of Directors

Snehal Patel, DO (Alt. Resident) Joanna Holstein, DO (Alt. Resident) Jeffrey Brown (Student) Juhyung Sun (Alt. Student)

Members at Large

Arizona Medical

Association Officers

President Melissa Levine, MD President-Elect Steve Cohen, MD Vice-President Guruprasad Raju, MD Secretary-Treasurer Michael Dean, MD Past-President Timothy Marshall, MD

Eric Barrett, MD David Burgess, MD Michael Connolly, DO Jason Fodeman, MD Howard Eisenberg, MD Afshin Emami, MD Randall Fehr, MD G. Mason Garcia, MD Jerry Hutchinson, DO Kevin Moynahan, MD Wayne Peate, MD Sarah Sullivan, DO Salvatore Tirrito, MD Scott Weiss, MD Leslie Willingham, MD Gustavo Ortega, MD (Resident)

Thomas Rothe, MD immediate past-president Michael F. Hamant, MD secretary

Richard Dale, MD Charles Krone, MD Jane Orient, MD

At Large ArMA Board

R. Screven Farmer, MD

Pima Directors to ArMA

Board of Mediation

Timothy C. Fagan, MD Timothy Marshall, MD

Delegates to AMA

Timothy Fagan, MD Thomas Griffin, MD Evan Kligman, MD George Makol, MD Mark Mecikalski, MD


William J. Mangold, MD Thomas H. Hicks, MD Gary Figge, MD (alternate)

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Membership: We introduce our new Board of Directors members.


Milestones: Notes on doctors Craig Hoover, Lori Mackstaller, and Mateja de Leonni-Stanonik.


PCMS News: Pima County signs over what was once Kino Community Hospital, ‘the county hospital.’


Makol’s Call: Career elected officials: We created what the Framers never imagined.


Time Capsule: A PCMS History Committee trip to Superior.


Behind the Lens: Dr. Hal ‘Travelin’’ Tretbar returned to his Kansas birthplace to get a whiff of what every sizable town used to have: the local photography studio.


Humanism: If you’re unfamiliar with the link between medicine and humanism, here’s a chance to link up.


Perspective: Dr. Richard Carmona on what politics has done to the office of the nation’s top doc.


CME: Credits locally and out-of-town.

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On the Cover

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Meet our new board

By Stuart Faxon

and one returning!

Avid readers of our page 3—were there such readers—would notice the results of the PCMS Board of Directors election following the ballot in November 2014. We introduce them to you here.

the ballot in November 2014. We introduce them to you here. J. David Burgess, M.D. Dr.

J. David Burgess, M.D.

Dr. Burgess is a family practitioner who speaks Spanish and German. He earned his M.D. In 1987 at the UofA College of Medicine and did his general surgery residency at the University of Chicago. He did his residency in gynecological oncology at University of Texas at San Antonio. His office phone is 547.5812.

“My thanks to all for the opportunity to participate in the institution we all

know as Pima County Medical Society,” Dr. Burgess said. “I’m honored, and glad to serve the board. Bringing some experience in organized medicine from the Family Practice Committee at Carondelet and St Joseph’s, I look forward to getting acquainted with the other members, and to making a contribution to the PCMS mission and the community at large.”

We profiled Dr. Garcia’s new Sunrise Cardiology practice in our November issue. Dr. Garcia earned his M.D. at the Autonomous University of the City of Juarez, Mexico. He did his IM internship, residency, and cardiology fellowship at Christ Hospital and Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Ill. He is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiology. His office number is 207.0962

medicine and cardiology. His office number is 207.0962 G. Mason Garcia, M.D. “Becoming a PCMS board

G. Mason Garcia, M.D.

“Becoming a PCMS board member

allows me the opportunity to give back to the medical community,” Dr. Garcia said. “PCMS has been true to its charter, and has been unwavering in its mission for all of us.”

We had a brief profile of Dr. Hutchinson in our November issue, noting his recent return to primary care at Camp Lowell Medical Specialists. Dr. Hutchinson earned his D.O. in 1985 at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, Mo. He interned and did his residency at Tucson General Hospital and is board- certified in internal medicine.

“I have an interest in being involved with medicine in Tucson, and

an interest in being involved with medicine in Tucson, and Dr. Jerry H. Hutchinson, D.O. engaged

Dr. Jerry H. Hutchinson, D.O.

engaged with the dynamic of healthcare in our community,” Dr. Hutchinson said, “similar to my reasons for serving on the Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation Board.

“I always learn something when I get involved, so I always get back at least as much or more than the effort cost. So on the whole, my goal is to help as much and where I can, and continue to appreciate the bigger picture of healthcare delivery in Southern Arizona.”

picture of healthcare delivery in Southern Arizona.” Dr. Sullivan , a native of Muncie, Ind., specializes

Dr. Sullivan, a native of Muncie, Ind., specializes in neurology and practices with Northwest NeuroSpecialists. She earned her D.O. in 2003 at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University in Glendale. She interned and did her residency at Garden City Hospital in Garden City, Mich. Her office number is 742.7890.

Sarah E. Sullivan, D.O.

“I’m very excited to have been

elected to the Pima County Medical Society Board,” Dr. Sullivan said. “I’m anxious to participate more fully with the Society in helping to represent physicians from the Northwest side of Tucson, and collectively in our goals. Historically, PCMS has done excellent work with the legislative committee and in pursuing public health concerns. I am very proud to have been chosen to a part of this!”

Brooklyn, N.Y.C.-born Dr. Tirrito, a cardiologist with Pima Heart Physicians, P.C., earned his M.D. in 1998 at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga., where he also did his IM internship. He did his residency in cardiovascular disease at Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, La.

at Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, La. Salvatore J. Tirrito, M.D. In 1993-93 he

Salvatore J. Tirrito, M.D.

In 1993-93 he was a Fulbright Fellow and Research Associate in the Department of Medical Genetics at the

University of Helsinki, Finland. He has published journal articles in echocardiography, hypertriglyceridemia, and molecular genetics. His office number is 624.8935.

Sombrero tried to reach Dr. Tirrito Jan. 5 through 15 and was unsuccessful.

Re-elected to a second two-year board term, Dr. Weiss is a hospitalist with Internal Medicine Associates. He earned his M.D. In 1988 at New York Medical College at Valhalla, N.Y. He interned and did his IM residency at Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, Conn.

and did his IM residency at Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, Conn. Scott S. Weiss, M.D. “I have

Scott S. Weiss, M.D.

“I have been a member of the PCMS Board for two years,” Dr. Weiss said, “and I decided to run again because I believe that more than ever, we as physicians need to stay together. I

joined the board so I could help shape healthcare policy in Pima County and throughout Arizona. Just being part of the board adds invaluable knowledge to my understanding of what is happening

at the legislative level.”


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Milestones Dr. Hoover joins CHVI that patients should discuss with their physicians. Dr. Mackstaller is an

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CHVI that patients should discuss with their physicians. Dr. Mackstaller is an associate professor of clinical

Dr. Mackstaller is an associate professor of clinical medicine at the UofA Sarver Heart Center, the first recipient of the Edwin J. Brach Foundation/Hazel and Bertram Brodie Endowed Lecturer for Heart Disease in Women, speaker on women’s health and cardiovascular risk factor awareness through the Sarver Heart Center outreach

program, and specializes in providing primary care to patients with complex heart conditions.

Carondelet recently announced that Craig A. Hoover, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.L., interventional cardiologist, has joined Carondelet Heart and Vascular Institute Physicians. He is based at CHVI—Cardiology West, 445 N. Silverbell Rd., Suite 201, Tucson 85745 (520.396.1370), and will also see patients at Carondelet Medical Group’s River/Stone and Northwest offices.

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his bachelor of science degree in biological sciences at Stanford University, and his M.D. at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. After returning to San Francisco for his IM residency, he completed a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at the University of Arizona. He joined the UofA and Southern Arizona VA Medical Center as a faculty member before going into private practice in Tucson, where he has been working for the last 15 years.

Dr. Hoover is board-certified in cardiovascular diseases. “While he practices general cardiology,” Carondelet reported, “he focuses on application of new technologies in interventional cardiology to improve patient outcomes. He brings more than 20 years of experience in advanced interventional cardiology to Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute Physicians. We are excited to have him a part of the CHVI team!”

Sorting the info overload

Dr. Lori Mackstaller continues to educate the lay public about her IM specialty, heart and vascular disease. In Green Valley twice last month, in cooperation with Green Valley Recreation, Inc., she addressed the copious amount of recent heart health news.

Her premise was, with new heart health studies coming out early daily, which information should patients believe? Are there contradictions? Confusion over what guidelines to follow can arise. Dr. Mackstaller’s mission was to provide an update on recent heart health news, and recommend questions

Dr. de Leonni opens new clinic

Mateja de Leonni Stanonik, M.D., M.A., Ph.D., who joined PCMS last year, recently announced that she has opened a new neurology clinic in Tucson, VitaMedica Institute, focusing on stroke/vascular neurology as well as women’s issues in neurological disorders. She said it is “the first clinic in Arizona with specific focus on women’s neurological issues.”

with specific focus on women’s neurological issues.” The clinic “incorporates an integrated medicine and

The clinic “incorporates an integrated medicine and multidisciplinary approach to patient care, as opposed to one based solely on pharmacology. Executive neurological evaluations are also offered for those who would like to address preventative/anti-aging issues of the brain and spine as well as the peripheral nervous system, in order to efficiently manage health and continue with optimal health through the aging process.”

Dr. de Leonni Stanonik is a board-certified neurologist with additional training in vascular/stroke neurology, neurodegenerative diseases, and headache/pain, as well as neurological issues pertaining to women. She finished her training at The George Washington University where she currently serves on faculty. She currently holds active privileges

at Northwest Medical Center, TMC, Oro Valley Medical Center, Carondelet St. Mary’s abnd St. Joseph’s hospitals, Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, and Mount Graham Regional Medical Center in Safford.

She is also former surgeon-general of the Republic of Slovenia, and the republic’s consul to the U.S. She is in process of opening a Slovenian consulate in Tucson.

Dr. de Leonni Stanonik has had 15 years’ experience designing and implementing telemedicine systems in the U.S. and around the world. As a telemedicine expert she incorporates treatment and evaluation at a distance into her daily neurological practice.

Dr. de Leonni Stanonik says she is passionate about women’s issues in neurology. “Conditions that affect the brain can be trickier to treat in women than men,” she said. “Hormones and reproductive concerns men don’t encounter can influence women’s neurological conditions and courses of treatment. VitaMedica Institute is designed to better serve female patients at all stages of life, including pregnancy and menopause, and to advance research in neurological conditions facing women. The Women’s Neurology Center at the Vita Medica is one of its kind in Tucson, and one of only a small number of such women- focused neurology centers nationwide. Patients will have the opportunity to participate in research trials focused on female neurological issues.”

Dr. de Leonni Stanonik has been appointed as primary coordinator for the Women in Neurology highlight section of presentations at the upcoming 2015 Annual Academy of Neurology meeting in Washington, D.C. She served on the Executive Board of the AHA/ASA Chapter for Southern Arizona 2013-14; chaired the 2014 Heart and Stroke Walk; and is an adviser to the Southern Arizona Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

VitaMedica is accepting referrals including for headaches and pain disorders, stroke/ TIA/vascular disorders, vertigo/dizziness, lower back pain, neuropathy and radiculopathy, chronic pain and fibromyalgia, nerve blocks and other procedures for nerve disorder treatment, post-stroke and post-spinal cord injury spasticity, dystonia, blepharospasm treatments, myopathies and other muscular disorders; vision disturbances, sleep disorders, brain injury disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, and women’s neurological issues in pregnancy and perinatal period.

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Supes approve transfer of county’s former hospital

Pima County government reported Jan. 7 that its Board of Supervisors voted that day to approve transferring the lease of its hospital from University of Arizona Health Network to Banner University Medical Center South Campus, LLC, in anticipation of Banner’s merger with UAHN.

Republican Supervisor Ally Miller was the dissenting vote, the county reported.

“Banner and the Arizona Board of Regents announced last summer the intent of the Phoenix-based hospital corporation to merge with UAHN, which owns University Medical Center and operates the county’s hospital, formerly Kino” Community Hospital “and currently called University of Arizona Medical Center South Campus,” the county reported.

“Pima County reached an agreement with UAHN’s predecessor, University Physicians Healthcare, in 2004 to take over operation of the county facility. UPH subsequently merged with the

of the county facility. UPH subsequently merged with the Newly elected 2015 PCMS President Melissa Levine,

Newly elected 2015 PCMS President Melissa Levine, M.D. presents Past-President Timothy Marshall, M.D. with the traditional service plaque at the PCMS Board meeting Jan. 6 (Dennis Carey photo).

company operating University Medical Center to form UAHN, prompting a new lease agreement with the county in 2010.

“Since UPH/UAHN took over operation of the hospital the number of annual patient days has increased by 124 percent, the average daily census has increased 78 percent, surgeries have increased 434 percent, and clinic visits have increased 237 percent.

“As part of the county’s agreement with UAHN and the Arizona Board of Regents, the county provides $15 million a year to UAHN in consideration for a variety of services being provided at the South Campus complex that benefit the county and the health of its residents. Part of that contribution is used for Medicare’s Graduate Medical Education program, which allows the hospital to have these funds matched by the federal government at a more than a 2:1 ratio.

“Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, in his request for approval to the board, wrote, ‘The hospital continues to increase patient services, train a new generation of Pima County health care professionals, and improve the health of the community. Pima County staff will continue to monitor the operations of the hospital and Banner Health will be held to the same rigorous standards as was its predecessor and as befits an agency receiving Pima County funding.’”

The merger was expected to be finalized later in January, the country reported.

UofA has new grad program in nutrition

The University of Arizona Department of Nutritional Sciences recently announced its new graduate program, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Nutritional Sciences (GCAN).

As recently as a decade ago, physicians themselves had little or no training in nutrition. Designed to be completed in “only” eight months, the UofA said, “this 14-unit online program provides students with an opportunity to learn and apply nutrition knowledge and skills outside of a traditional, research-intensive degree program.

“Flexible in design and delivery, the GCAN is appropriate for students seeking entry into the nutrition workforce, health professionals who wish to enhance their knowledge in applying evidence-based principles in nutritional sciences, or individuals interested in pursuing graduate studies in a highly sought after discipline.”

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Makol’s Call

Nice work if you can get it

By George J. Makol, M.D.

Call Nice work if you can get it By George J. Makol, M.D. I t’s 2022

I t’s 2022 or somewhat thereafter. Dr. Smith, a

young surgeon known to his patients as “Dr. Smitty,” strolls into his new, totally solar- powered office. The morning was overcast, so there was not enough overhead lighting to see patients yet, but Dr. Smitty, like most folks, had become accustomed to such inconveniences.

It was April and tax time, so he

got out the government- provided postcard that everyone used to file taxes. Using a flashlight, he filled in his net proceeds from the practice, multiplied by 15 percent, and filled in with those figures the only two spaces on the card, and he was done with tax preparation. He naturally had deducted the expenses required to run the office, but since there was no malpractice insurance anymore, he was planning to use the savings to take his family on a second vacation this year.

He had noted on the way in today that there were more homeless people on the streets. He had passed his former accountant, his tax attorney, and a once-famous TV advertising tort lawyer, all together in line at the food bank. It seems that without hundreds of pages of tax law, all thrown out after the flat tax was passed, that they had seen their lucrative professions evaporate. Congress had also passed laws reinstating the British tort system, where no one could sue without putting up expenses, and then paying the other party’s costs if they lost. They had also outlawed payments for “pain and suffering” after an Omaha jury awarded $1 trillion to a man who had chipped his tooth at a restaurant.

Dr. Smitty glanced at his schedule and noticed that his first patient was a formerly spectacularly rich real estate investor, now barely making do, as Congress had repealed the notorious exchange clause 1031 for real estate, allowing an investor to take the profits from one project and within 18 months, roll them in to a new larger venture, deferring virtually indefinitely paying federal income tax on the capital gain. Now, a huge backlog of tax revenue came due.

The doctor laughed because the real estate lobby had previously convinced lawmakers that apartments, hotels, houses, and vacant lots were all “like properties.” In fact, so much tax revenue was generated by eliminating such ridiculous writeoffs that there was virtually no national debt!

Dr. Smitty was not sure if he had enough time this morning to file to run for U.S. Senator from Arizona, which he could now afford

to do, since it only cost $10,000 to enter the race and media outlets had agreed years ago to provide free airtime to all candidates. Lobbyists, those practitioners of legal bribery, had all been eliminated awhile back. No more political contributions were allowed, as no U.S. Senator or Representative could be elected to more than one term.

“Holy back to the future!” you are probably saying … “Makol has gone off the deep end again!” You might be justified in this, because none of the aforementioned is likely ever to happen. It is likely we will never realize the day where a flat tax is accepted, where tort reform will occur, where a certain class of individuals because of lobbying cannot get preferred tax treatment, and never, ever will we see the “American royalty” we call “Senator” and “Representative” vote themselves out of a virtual lifetime cushy job.

Who says there’s no free lunch? Not only do congressional elected officials get free lunches at a posh Capitol dining facility:

They also have free gym membership, free haircuts (not the kind they give us), government-supplied automobiles, blue-chip healthcare free of “ObamaCare” mandates, unlimited franking privileges (free mail to constituents), and the ability to make as many airline reservations as they wish, only taking the flight they need with no cancellation fees for multiple reservations.

Almost as an afterthought, their compensation averages more than $200,000 annually. But the real power they have is to control tax policy, giving members of the U.S. Senate and House the power to tell the common man and woman how to spend his or her money, how to save, when to give to charity, and how much you must take out of your own retirement accounts when you do retire.

A Washington Post article of July 13, 2014 reported that companies that donated to members of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, who control tax policy, received an average of $3.3 million in tax savings over six years. Incumbents get the big money, and get re-elected again and again. We in Arizona had 34 years of Rep. Jim Kolbe in office, and only were spared 34 more years because he resigned. Similarly, Sen. Jon Kyl resigned after 18 years in office. Sen. John McCain may be there forever! Are these the only people competent to run our government, or should I ask, are any of them competent to run our government?

We desperately need term limits for our elected officials. A U.S. Senator should serve six years and be done, barred from re- election. A U.S. House of Representatives member should serve four years and never run again. Regular people who are not millionaires or billionaires could run for office instead. In my whole professional life I have met one U.S. Senator, mainly because I took care of his wife as a patient. Wouldn’t it be great

to have met a bunch of lawmakers because they were chosen from your neighborhood?

But you might point out the value, for example, of having years of foreign-policy experience. If our foreign policies of our president and Congress for Russia and the Middle East over the last few years are examples, I would prefer PeeWee Herman were in charge.

Unfortunately, our Founding Fathers made one small mistake in writing an otherwise brilliant U.S. Constitution. They did not put term limits on our president, nor on members of Congress, as they never foresaw “serving” in Congress as a career and a road to riches. Ratification of the 22 nd Amendment in 1951 set the presidency at two terms. When our Framers such as Washington and Jefferson returned to their plantations after serving, their estates were in arrears, and their absence caused them significant financial difficulty. They never imagined someone could have a lucrative career by being elected repeatedly.

The Constitution provides that it takes a two-thirds vote of the Senate and House to propose a constitutional amendment such as term limits for Congress members. A convention may also be called by a vote of two thirds of the states. For that first provision to happen, the foxes in essence would have to vote themselves out of the henhouse.

Don’t hold your breath.

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Time Capsule

A Superior trip

By Nick Mansour, M.D.

S uperior is my hometown. I was born there in January 1937.

I know some of its history, and I’ve seen many of the changes

that have since occurred.

My brother-in-law Donald Hammer was born in 1929 in Casa Grande, and is a mining engineer with a masters degree in geology. He has explored and researched Arizona history which of course includes mining, and he is probably as knowledgeable about the geology of the mining areas in Arizona as anyone.

about the geology of the mining areas in Arizona as anyone. So when Dr. Jim Klein,

So when Dr. Jim Klein, PCMS History Committee chairman, approached me about a history tour to Superior, I had the ideal tour guide already in mind. Dr. Klein was interested not only in mining history, but in such details as that Pinal City, near Superior, was once home to Wyatt Earp’s common-law wife Mattie, real name Celia Ann Blaylock. She lived in the old town of Pinal for a year, and apparently died there as a result of suicide from consumption of alcohol and laudanum. Her gravesite is in the Historical Pinal Cemetery.

Legendary Apache Leap Butte provides a backdrop for Superior High School, fronted by its four Greek-revival columns.

Donald Hammer, Dr. Klein and I met for lunch shortly thereafter and discussed what would be of interest, and my brother-in-law and I went there in August 2014, toured the area, and mapped out points of interest, though we did not find Mattie Earp Blaylock’s grave. Superior is in a valley, surrounded by formidable mountains west and east of town.

About a month later Don and I made a second trip to retrace our steps, and spent more time looking for the Pinal cemetery where Mattie Earp Blaylock was buried. We re-traced our route and came to a fork, the left branch of which we took the first time, but decided to take the right branch the second time. We traveled abut a mile and came upon a wrought-iron fence with the sign Historical Pinal Cemetery. This time we found the grave location.

The six-hour strip was planned for Saturday, Nov. 1, and we assembled at Oracle Junction at 8:30 a.m with about 20 PCMS members and their spouses. We took SR 79 through Florence to Florence junction, then east on US 60 toward Superior. Our first stop was a spot four miles east of Florence Junction, and from there we could see the valley north of Florence with mountains to the west.

Don Hammer described the valley’s flatness, noting that there had been a mountain range—he called it part of the Mogollon highlands—and it stretched from south of Casa Grande to Superior, and from Tucson to Wickenburg. He noted how the land had sunken about 17 million years ago and formed the valley we see today.

From there we traveled east on US 60 to the Picket Post Trailhead turnoff. The road from the highway to the trailhead is dirt to a stretch of paved highway and was in poor repair. This was the original highway US 60-SR

Pinal, a few miles west of Superior, was where silver ore from the Silver King mine, one of the first Arizona silver mines, was processed.

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This stone in Historical Pinal Cemetery memorializes lawman- outlaw Wyatt Earp’s common-law wife, before he

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The entrance to Historical Pinal Cemetery with Picket Post Mountain behind.

70. When I was in high school, this stretch of road had been abandoned for the newer highway which now is US 60, and it was where high school boys would drag-race their souped-up cars.

Picket Post Trailhead, the site marked with a plaque, is also where the Arizona Trail passes through. For hikers this is the start to hike

to the top of Picket Post Mountain. The trail is fairly good at first, is later marked with arrows, and the last 1.3 miles is a rugged, almost vertical climb up to the top of the mountain. There is a red mailbox on the top where visitors can leave

their names and any comments. Hikers say this one is not for the weak or feeble. There are restroom facilities at the trailhead stop, but no water.

Our next stop was the Pinal townsite. This was a town established as Picket Post in 1877, when silver was discovered north of Superior, and the mine was named Silver King. It operated profitably from 1875 to about 1887. At Pinal are some metal rods that were cemented into the rock, the last remnants of the stamp mill that processed the ore. The town was placed five miles from the mine because water from nearby Queen Creek was needed for milling. There are still some piles of ore from the mine, and on a small hill just east of the mill you can find remains of rock paths and what appear to have been footings and cellars from houses built there. In its day Pinal was a going community, with all the amenities of an Arizona mining town.

The road from US 60 to Pinal is a bit rough, and traveling a bit slow. About a quarter-mile in from the highway is a sign pointing to wagon trail ruts. We returned from Pinal to the sign and walked a short distance where

deep ruts remain from the wagons that transported silver ore from the mine to the town. There also appear to be several metates in the rocks between the ruts, about two feet apart. We speculated that these could be remains of where Native Americans ground grains, since space between them appeared to be about two shoulders’ width.

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Part of MacPherson’s Hotel Magma, right, was too far gone to rebuild and was razed. Part of the 1963 MGM Western epic How the West Was Won was filmed in Superior, with some of the all-star cast saying at the Magma. The John Ford-directed family saga won three academy awards.

From the cemetery we returned to US 60 and drove through Superior, up Queen Creek, over a high bridge and through a tunnel. This road was built in the early 1950s. Previously the old road wound up the side of the creek walls. One can still see remains of the old road and the Claypool tunnel. From one point of the road we could look down into the canyon and see a large water tank, once the town’s main water supply.

About three miles east of Superior we turned onto the road to Oak Flat, a picnic ground developed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conser- vation Corps and containing picnic tables and two erosion control dams. We stopped a few yards inside the area and Don Hammer gave a talk on the mine’s development of the mine, whose two headframes could be seen in the distance. To the north is Magma’s No. 9 shaft, in use from 1972 until the mine was closed in 1996.

The newer headframe a few yards to the south is over Resolution’s No. 10 shaft, the location of present mine development. Don Hammer gave a brief history of how the mine was discovered, and about some of the development done to reach the ore body more than 4,000 feet below.

We left Oak Flats and returned to Superior on U.S. 60, which descends westward along Queen Creek Canyon across a high bridge going south, then takes a long curve of about 90 degrees and a long span until it reaches the town. To get to the town, one has to veer off to the right and at the bottom there is a very sharp 90-degree turn onto Magma Avenue.

In 1952, at about 7:30 a.m., I heard a truck honking its horn in the distance. My first thought was that a runaway truck had burned out its brakes coming down the mountain, and so it might not make the curve. But it did, and roared up Magma Avenue stopping about a quarter-mile from the turn. My neighbor, owner of a drugstore, was leaving to open his pharmacy when the truck came to a stop and the two drivers emerged.

From what I remember, he said they were white as sheets. I nicknamed this place “suicide curve” because at about 9 a.m.,

another truck also lost its brakes and came down at a very speed. It did not make the curve and turned over. I recall that about 32 trucks wrecked on that curve. The highway department built a runaway-ramp at the beginning of the curve. One truck made it up the ramp but still turned over. No one was killed in any of the crashes, but the fuel tanks of the one truck that turned over on the runaway- ramp caught fire. The driver was badly burned and died later of his injuries. Had his truck not caught fire, he probably would have lived.

Another time, a car with several children as passengers lost its brakes, went up the ramp and turned over. The occupants were ejected, and fortunately no one was killed. To stem these tragedies, the highway department had built a wide pullout area across from the entrance to Oak Flats, and warned truckers of the curve’s danger, and that they should check their brakes and go down in low gear. This essentially ended the runaway truck problem. The highway department later straightened the road, which now goes straight through the town of Superior but south of Queen Creek.

Superior has several interesting buildings. The old high school still stands, and I believe is one of the few high schools that had Greek-revival columns in front, which became so typical of our public buildings. Mine tailings can still be seen, though covered with earth to make them more aesthetically pleasing. To the west of town is the slag dump, and just north is the old smelter stack, still standing although the furnace buildings were razed.

Superior had two grade-schools. Harding School, was at the west end of town and is no longer used for classes. Roosevelt School, more uptown and a block north of Main Street, is still in use. This school had two classes for each grade, A Class for the English- speaking students, and B Class for those who did not primarily speak English.

On Main Street toward the east end of town stands the old Coleman Hotel, no longer in use. It burned down in the late 1950s and was rebuilt. One man died in the fire and his body was found in the stairwell.

Superior’s main hotel was the Magma, which fell into disrepair, and part of it is being rebuilt. This was where some of the stars of the 1963 MGM film How the West Was Won stayed. The movie’s railroad scene was filmed on the Magma Railroad. The old Uptown Theater is gone, the drugstores have closed, and many of the buildings are boarded up. We stopped at the Bob Jones Museum, named for Bob Jones, Arizona governor in the late 1930s who had a drugstore in Superior. I’d hoped we could have gone in, but it was closed.

We toured some of the backstreets going by Roosevelt School and down Pinal Street. On the way out we stopped at the location of the old train depot. The depot building is no longer there, but some of the tracks are still visible, some covered by the roadway. This was effectively the entrance to the smelter area. The company built housing there in 1924, and this section was called Smelter Town. The company also built housing near the main mine yard, and all these homes were occupied by administrative personnel of Magma Copper Co.

The tour ended about 4 p.m. as we had planned, but we did not

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get to explore some other Superior points of interest. About three miles west of town is the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, a botanical garden established by Boyce Thompson, one of those responsible for starting the mine in 1910. Originally the town was called Queen, then Hastings, and later Superior, after the Lake Superior and Arizona Company, which did shallow exploration of the ore deposit 1902-1912.

The arboretum has plants from all over the world and includes an olive garden, cactus garden, and eucalyptus and herbal groves. The house on the hill overlooking the arboretum is where Boyce Thompson lived during his visits. It is a large mansion-like building, part of which has burned down. An arboretum visit alone is well worth a weekend trip.

The Superior valley’s scenery includes a prominent volcanic butte called Picket Post, to the right as one enters from Gonzales Pass. This feature was so named because there was a heliograph on the top of the mountain that the cavalry used during early territorial days and the Indian wars. There is a rugged trail to the top and, from what I’ve heard, the climb is worth it. Scenery from the top is vast, including four peaks, the Superstition Mountains and Weaver’s Needle, which can also be seen from the arboretum. Possibly Tucson’s Santa Catalinas are in view as well.

To the east is a formidable vertical volcanic bluff called Apache Leap. Legend says that in the late 1800s some Apaches, to avoid capture by the cavalry, rode their horses off the edge of the mountain onto the rock down below. There are stories that bones and skulls have been found. When I grew up

in Superior, common belief was that this was

legend, and untrue. There is no official record of this happening, but some of the history books do state that this actually occurred. Apaches are legendarily proud and fierce warriors, but it’s still a mystery if this event was because of that reputation, or invented to fit it.

West of town are some perlite mines. This white rock expands when roasted and can be ground to powder and used for lightweight concrete and plastering. There are dark obsidian remnants formed in the perlite that are called Apache tears, representing the tears Apache women shed for the warriors who died jumping off the cliff.

A trip to Superior or the arboretum is about

an hour-and-a-half drive from Tucson. The best time to go is early or mid-spring, at the end of April or in May, and in Fall, in either early or mid-November. The town has two Mexican restaurants and two American-food restaurants. If Internet material is current, Copper Mountain Motel is on West Kiser Street in Superior. East on US 60 is an American Best Value Inn, and east on US 60, Globe has a Travelodge and four other motels.

If you go, take water, sunscreen, and hand

wash, as roadside facilities are a bit bare. But this scenic trip makes a wonderful weekend excursion.

Dr. Mansour, a hematologist-oncolgist retired since 2005, joined PCMS in 1971. He thanks Donald Hammer and Dr. James Klein for their help in preparing the Superior trip and this report. “Without Donald’s expertise

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Behind the Lens The old photography one-stop By Hal Tretbar, M.D. W hen I grew

Behind the Lens

The old photography one-stop

By Hal Tretbar, M.D.

W hen I grew up in Stafford, Kansas, a farming

community in the central plains, every town had a local portrait studio. The photographer usually had been there for years, and knew everyone in town.

usually had been there for years, and knew everyone in town. Michael Hathaway monitors the 11

Michael Hathaway monitors the 11 ledgers of vital information for each glass plate.

these images you can find clues to what was important to the people who lived there almost a century ago.

I still have the portraits of my family taken in Stafford’s Durham, and later Rader studios. The image is usually sepia-toned and presented in a firm cardboard mount with a folding cover.

Last fall I was back in my hometown to visit the Stafford County Museum. I wanted to see the unique collection of W.R. Gray images. He had had a studio for many years in St. John, the nearby county seat.

They photographed families, from baptisms to funerals. For portraits, the studios used large-format cameras and soft natural light from large, north-facing windows. The local studio was also the place to have the film from your box camera developed and printed.

It’s fascinating today to see these old studio photos. By studying

today to see these old studio photos. By studying Here is my father, J.J. Tretbar, M.D.

Here is my father, J.J. Tretbar, M.D. when he was the town’s most eligible bachelor, in 1920 at age 35. He is looking suave and relaxed with a half-smoked cigar. He is fashionably dressed in a vested suit. His necktie puffs out a little to show a pearl stickpin. The collar appears to be detachable, one that allows collars to be changed so a starched shirt can be worn longer. Finally there is the gold watch-chain from the coat button hole to the left chest pocket. Note the soft lighting, partially sharp focus, and Durham studio background.

The museum offices looked somewhat familiar when I walked in the front door. They should be, because they are on the premises of the old Tretbar Clinic. My father, his M.D. brother, his dentist brother, and later a nephew, had the clinic in this building for more than 50 years.

I was welcomed by Michael Hathaway, the museum curator. The museum was established in 1976 and incorporated in 1979.

Michael has done a fantastic job of preserving the history of Stafford County by collecting and organizing genealogy records, newspapers back to 1877, and many historical artifacts.

In 1986 the museum received 32,700 glass-plate negatives from William R. Gray’s daughter Jessie. Michael told me the story of W.R. Gray.

Gray, 1865-1947, opened his studio in St. John in 1905. He, his wife, and five children lived in a two-story apartment in the back. Two of the children became photographers. His son Royal had a studio in Ulysses, Kansas, and his daughter Jessie took over the business when he died. Another son, Arzy, became a Ph.D. and chemist for Eastman Kodak.

Gray did not use film; he used nothing but glass-plate negatives. They were sharper because of the flat surface and less easy to damage. He shot mostly 5x7-inch plates, but sometimes larger. Gray was a meticulous artist. He kept a record of every image with the date and the name of the person or place. Eleven ledgers with the vital information came with the plates when they were donated to the museum.

Because of the collection’s significance, the museum has been able to obtain grants and funding to preserve the plates and records. Each plate is brushed on the emulsion side with an anti- static brush. The glass side is washed with a cotton ball and distilled water. When dry, the plate is inserted into an acid-free folder that is placed in an archival box. All plates are stored in an old bank vault. The information for each negative is entered in a computer database.

Here are several images used with the permission of the Stafford County Museum:

used with the permission of the Stafford County Museum: Miss Gould, Clara Dunn, Merle Smith, and

Miss Gould, Clara Dunn, Merle Smith, and Eva Dunn of St. John put on their fancy hats for a group photo on March 27, 1909. For some reason Clara Dunn and Smith are wearing men’s suits and hats.

Clara Dunn and Smith are wearing men’s suits and hats. In August 1908, Fred Van Lieu

In August 1908, Fred Van Lieu posed with his bicycle. This handsome guy with a derby and fancy watch-fob holds a pant clip in his left hand. Another clip is on the cycle frame. The bike has a bell on the right handle and is equipped with a carbide headlight, a tire pump, a rear wheel brake, and has ridged pedals.

a tire pump, a rear wheel brake, and has ridged pedals. What is happening here? On

What is happening here? On Oct. 3, 1921, R. J. McCormick peered through his Buick while casually holding a revolver. Mostly unseen behind the car, a man relaxes in front of the hardware store. There is a spotlight on the windshield, so he could be a cop answering an emergency call.

The Forsyth Library at Fort Hays State College in Kansas has put the images that have been processed so far on its website. You’ll find fascinating what was going on in the American Midwestern early 1900s by pulling up: http:/contentcat.fhsu/ cdm/landingpage/collection/Stafford. The Stafford County Museum website is



What’s gone missing

By Stuart Faxon

W hy is there a ‘Humanism’ department in my Sombrero?”

you’re asking. “Isn’t that for university catalogs and

liberal arts syllabi?”

Currently Dr. Muhkerjee is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and staff physician at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. He has been the Plummer Visiting Professor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., the Joseph

It’s also for medicine, but it’s gone missing these days, say organizers of the Sixth Annual Cindy Wool Memorial Seminar on Humanism in Medicine, 7 p.m. Tuesday March 31 at the Fox Tucson Theatre, with guest speaker Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D. Tickets are available at www.

Dr. Muhkerjee will also be speaking at noon March 31 at DuVal Auditorium at UAMC before his appearance the Fox, geared toward medical students, house staff and faculty, but like the seminar it is open to all. RSVP by March 27 to College of Medicine Special Events Office, .

Organizers say the seminar’s goals are to “sensitize and enhance insight into the unique relationship between healthcare professionals and their patients. This recognizes the concept that each clinician’s ability to participate in the healing process derives from his or her capacity for compassion and empathy.”

As the Arnold P. Gold Foundation puts it, “Humanism in medicine describes relationships between physicians and their patients that are respectful and compassionate. It is reflected in attitudes and behaviors that are sensitive to the values, autonomy, and cultural and ethnic background of other.” The Gold Foundation, started at Columbia University, has been closely aligned with the lecture series since its inception.

Dr. Mukherjee is an Indian-born American physician, scientist, and writer best known for his 2010 book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. Time named it one of the 100 most influential books written in English since 1923, and the New York Times Magazine called it one of the 100 notable books of 2010.

1923, and the New York Times Magazine called it one of the 100 notable books of

Garland lecturer at the Massachusetts Medical Society, and an honorary visiting professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

A hematologist and oncologist, Dr. Mukherjee is also known for his work on the formation of blood and the interactions between the micro-environment (or “niche” and cancer cells. As a biology major at Stanford University, he worked in Nobel Laureate Paul Berg’s laboratory defining cellular genes that change the behaviors of cancer cells.

He then won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, where he earned a D.Phil. in immunology from Magdalen College, Oxford. After graduation, he attended Harvard Medical School (HST)

where he earned an M.D. His postgraduate years consisted of a residency in internal medicine followed by an oncology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Event founder Steven A. Wool, M.D. has been a PCMS member since 1985. An IM and family medicine physician with an accent on geriatrics, he has built exercise into his practice as well as his own life. Dr. Wool’s wife of 27 years, Cindy, died at 54 in 2008 of complications from leukemia. She had been active in her husband’s practice and was much loved.=

“After Cindy died,” Dr. Wool said, “the event was set up by

interested physicians.” Physicians interested in humanism: Is this not a given? “We would hope that our

in humanism: Is this not a given? “We would hope that our physicians would have those

physicians would have those qualities,” Dr. Wool said, “but in modern medicine we have abandoned much of this. It’s a consequence of overwork, insurance requirements, time, and lack of training in physicians’ schooling.”

In our healthcare system everyone’s making money, while “the only people who really suffer are the patients,” Dr. Wool said. “The humanistic aspects of medical care are not often discussed in medical schools.”

At 6 p.m. March 31, an hour before the event start at the Fox, you can attend a VIP reception with Dr. Mukherjee. Tickets are $100 and available at www.

The Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, in conjunction with the University of Arizona College of Medicine, sponsor the event. The Gold Foundation, TMC, and Radiology Ltd. have all been “big supporters,” Dr. Wool said. “It’s not about raising money. It’s about getting the best people in the medical field to incorporate humanism in the teaching of medicine. It’s also not just for the Jewish community, but the whole Tucson medical community. It’s in the spirit of Maimonides to extend throughout the community, in the spiritual and academic senses.”

Dr. Wool also encouraged anyone interested in future topics for the lecture

series to contact the JFSA’s Bryan Pisetsky

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Perspec ve

How politics ruined the office of surgeon-general

By Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.

By Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S. Dr. Richard Carmona during his service as U.S. Surgeon-

Dr. Richard Carmona during his service as U.S. Surgeon- General.

O n Dec. 15, 2014, the U.S. Senate took action, largely

along party lines, to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as the next U.S. Surgeon-General. The nomination had languished for a year due to insufficient Senate support for Dr. Murthy.

But, as the “lame duck” session entered its 18 th hour, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) again invoked the “nuclear option” to clear the way for Dr. Murthy’s confirmation. Culling together the support of 51 senators mainly along party lines, Dr. Murthy barely received enough votes to be confirmed.

This was truly unfortunate, since the nation’s doctor needs bipartisan support to be successful: Disease and public health have no party affiliation.

Dr. Murthy is a gifted young physician, still early in his career, and already has significant accomplishments, but no formal public health training, and little management or senior leadership experience. His nomination became controversial due to this, and his political advocacy and perceived bias on several issues.

That said, it’s important to recognize that the problem is in the politicization of the surgeon-general nomination process, and Dr. Murthy’s nomination and confirmation reflect that dysfunction.

The U.S. Surgeon-General has the rank of vice-admiral, and leads the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, one of the seven United States uniformed military services. The three-star rank

is equivalent to the surgeon-general of the Army, Navy, or Air Force. The difference is that the Army, Navy, or Air Force surgeons-general earn rank and title after decades of selfless service, as did the U.S. Surgeon-General before politicians, for their own benefit, began to circumvent the unformed service merit system.

This blatant political self-interest is of no public benefit; it undermines the credibility of the office of surgeon-general; and serves to demoralize and demean the career service of our uniformed men and women. It leaves them marginalized, and prevented from meritoriously being considered for U.S. Surgeon- General as they once were.

Partisan politicians acting in self-interest is nothing new, but we should recognize that by conferring politically the rank of vice- admiral and the title of surgeon-general on anyone who has not earned that right, the partisan pols disadvantage that person from the start. Inside the D.C. Beltway, where the U.S. Surgeon-General lives and works, his peers are genuine admirals, generals, and senior health professionals who have earned their respective positions.

Ironically, had it not been for a late-night political strategic blunder by a Republican senator, Dr. Murthy’s name may never have been advanced for confirmation.

Politics aside, Dr. Murthy is fortunate that in protecting the health, safety, and security of the nation he will be surrounded by members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. These are true professionals who, after after many years of public health leadership and management experience, can provide him with historical perspective and public health guidance moving forward.

Dr. Murthy would be wise to follow their lead.

PCMS member Dr. Carmona is 17 th U.S. Surgeon-General, former U.S. Senate candidate, vice-chairman of Canyon Ranch, and president of Canyon Ranch Institute. This opinion piece was posted Dec. 18, 2014 on The Daily Caller website.


Institute. This opinion piece was posted Dec. 18, 2014 on The Daily Caller website. n SOMBRERO


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Pima County Medical Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization derived from but separate from PCMS, presents Continuing Medical Education lectures by our members and others, for our members and others, on second Tuesday evenings monthly at PCMS headquarters. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and presentation is at 7. The 2015 schedule is:

March 10: Breast Reconstruction Surgery—Implants and Complications with doctors Swen Sandeen and Richard Hess. April 14: Cancer of the Lung—Newer Treatments and Cancer Screening with physicians from Radiology Ltd. May 12: Healthcare Reform 2015—“What the Hell is Happening??” with several speakers coordinated by Dr. Timothy C. Fagan. Foundation Awards are presented at this time. June 9: Heart-Healthy Diet with cardiologists Dietmar Gann and Charles Katzenberg. Sept. 8: Vasectomy Reversals and Impotence with Dr. Sheldon Marks. Oct. 13: Common GI Viral Diseases—Diagnosis, Mechanisms of Action, and Treatment with Claire Payne, Ph.D. November 10: Pharmacogenomics—How Medicines Affect Differing Demographics of Patients with Dr. Timothy C. Fagan.


Feb. 16-19: The 2015 Update on Psychiatry: Continuing a Proud 23-Year Tradition is at the JW Marriott Star Pass resort in Tucson. Event targets physicians, NPs, RNs, PAs, RNs, psychologists, allied health students and interested community members. “This four-day live activity will provide an overview and practical summary of the latest information on psychiatry and psychopharamcology,” organizers said. “This is a multi-accredited course with 23.25 CME hours. The course is designed to keep you current in your daily practice and help you prepare for MOC by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.” Conference website is for a complete course schedule and list of speakers, and to register online.


March 5-7: The 11 th Annual Mayo Clinic Women’s Health Update is at Firesky Resort, 4925 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale 85251; phone 480.945.7666 or 1800.528.7867. Accreditation: 18.5 AMA PRA Category 1; 18.5 AOA Category


Course addresses needs of female patients and their healthcare providers. Participants should gain comprehensive insight into relevant medical problems uniquely found in women as well as a basic approach to addressing and improving common health concerns. Topics include cardiovascular health, breast health, Ob-Gyn and menopause, infectious disease,

endocrinology, dermatology, ophthalmology, musculoskeletal health, and psycho-social health.

Contact: Gloria Cadden, Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, 13400 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale 85259; phone 480.301.4580; fax 480.301.8323

Website: http//


March 25-28: Clinical Reviews 2015: The 26 th Annual Family Medicine and Internal Medicine Update is at Westin Kierland Resort, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale 85254; phone 480.301.4580; e-mail . Accreditation: 27 PRA Category 1 credits; and 24 AOA and Attendance. Four-day course on diagnosis and treatment of hematologic

and oncologic disorders targets hematologists, oncologists, PAs, NPs, RNs, pharmacists, and allied health professionals, and features the most recent medical updates and management strategies for various diseases. Program includes lectures, Q&A panel discussions, audience interactive format. Website: Contact: Lilia Murray, Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development, 13400 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale 85259; phone

480.301.4580; fax 480.301.8323.



June 27-July 3: February is not too early to think about summer, especially because there are only four spots left for THMEP’s Fifth Bi-Annual Colorado River Medical Conference. This trip-of-a-lifetime runs down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, leaving at 8 a.m. Saturday June 27 from Lee’s Ferry, and returning there Friday July 3. “The trip is mildly strenuous and potential dangerous due to large rapids,” Dr. Dick Dale said, “but it’s extremely fun and educational. I need a commitment from 23 people in order to schedule the conference for 12-14 CME credits. Deadline is fast approaching for the four more spots to fill, so please call me at 721.8505, or e-mail about your interest as soon as possible.” Significant others and children 8 and older are invited. Cost is $2,600 per person (not payable to Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program) for the full trip plus registration fee (payable to THMEP) exclusive of one night’s lodging at Marble Canyon. Registration fee is $200 for physicians and dentists, and $100 for nurses, residents, allied health professionals, and physician retirees. The event’s education component will have physicians presenting updates in IM, orthopedics, ENT, vascular surgery, general surgery and traumas.

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SHARED SPACE FOR RENT: Active Neurology office in Northwest Tucson has office space to lease. Renter does not need to be in Neurology field. If interested, contact Mike at Northstar Neurology at 520-229-1238 or e-mail and refer to Space for Rent.

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