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July 10, 1937

Life and Death: The Autobiography of a Surgeon

JAMA. 1937;109(2):159. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780280065042

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The surgeon who contributes here his reminiscences is a friend of D'Annunzio and of Mussolini. He is a leader among the surgeons of Italy and quite obviously possessed of the poetry and romance usually associated with the Latin temperament. His father was a country practitioner who died of an infection sustained during his surgical work. On his death bed his father said he would rather have his children be peasants than doctors. Nevetheless when the boy after being reared came to choose a vocation he gravitated naturally into medicine. He describes brilliantly his service as assistant in the maternity center in Milan and then the course by which he became a general surgeon. In 1909, early in his career, he made a brief visit to the United States and was immensely pleased by the work he saw at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. He deprecates the routine of

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