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.
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.
Crowell RM. Surgery, Biography. JAMA. 2004;291(13):1633-1634. doi:10.1001/jama.291.13.1633-b