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Books, Journals, New Media
April 7, 2004

Surgery, Biography

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2004;291(13):1633-1634. doi:10.1001/jama.291.13.1633-b

Dr Gordon Murray (1894-1976) was one of Canada's most prominent surgeons and a pioneer in the development of cardiovascular surgery. His surgical virtuosity and ingenuity produced important advances, including heparin therapy, numerous cardiovascular surgical techniques, and a renal dialysis device. Dr Murray's brilliant career came to a dramatic end when his claim to have reversed traumatic paraplegia was shown to be false. Shelley McKellar's biography of Gordon Murray shows how his intense determination to challenge the limits of surgery brought spectacular cures and new procedures but eventually overreached disastrously.

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