Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor; adviser
for new media, Robert Hogan, MD, San Diego.
The century just past saw an unequaled explosion in the science and
practice of surgery, from the development of modern anesthesia to the heart-lung
machine, the development of thoracic surgery as a specialty to clinical transplantation.
Evarts Graham was a pioneering leader, researcher, educator, and administrator
who, C. Barber Mueller writes, "dominated almost every facet of American surgery"
from 1910 to 1960.
Born in 1883, a "patrician" son of a Chicago surgeon, he held the Midwestern
(and I might add late Victorian) belief that "truth, faith, work, integrity,
and responsibility" were essential values in the social order. As a sophomore
at Princeton, from which he graduated first in his class, he defined his objective
in life to his classmate, Allen O. Whipple (as quoted by Ben Eiseman in the
foreword): "to perform meaningful surgical research, to become a surgical
leader, and to train young surgeons."
McCabe RE. Surgeons. JAMA. 2003;289(5):619-621. doi:10.1001/jama.289.5.619-a