It is a great honor to participate as a guest editor for the inaugural issue of the Journal of Spine Practice, which is affiliated with the Saudi Spine Society. I have closely watched the early years of the relatively young Saudi Spine Society, and have been truly amazed by the growth and the multiple focused initiatives that the society has created. As I watch the tremendous growth of the Saudi Spine Society, I am pondering the purpose of any given spine society in the clinical practice of spine surgeons in any specific region, country, city, spine group, or individual practice. What follows are some personal thoughts on the relationship of spine societies with clinical practice.
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