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Book and Media Reviews
January 27, 2010

Gifted Hands: America’s Most Significant Contributions to Surgery

JAMA. 2010;303(4):369-371. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.29

In the 21st century, the United States enjoys a worldwide reputation as the preeminent leader in surgery. In Gifted Hands, Seymour Schwartz takes the reader on a journey from a 19th-century art form dominated by Europeans, through the scientific innovations of the 20th century that earned American surgery its present reputation. Having practiced through the second half of the 20th century—the so-called golden age of surgery—Schwartz offers a particularly keen perspective. From 1969 through 1999, the author published 7 editions of Principles of Surgery, which educated a generation of surgeons. So, who better to tell the story of American surgery than Schwartz?

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