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July 10, 1937

Scalpel and Sword

JAMA. 1937;109(2):160. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780280066048

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This autobiographic sketch tells the story of a New Zealand surgeon who was trained in Edinburgh University and later served on the staff of a field hospital during the war in South Africa. In the Great War he was senior medical officer of a hospital ship. His story includes a beautiful description of the scenery of New Zealand, which is his home, and some fine discussion of the folklore and religious beliefs of the Maoris. The style is attractive and the descriptive accounts are enlivened with numerous excellent anecdotes. The sixteenth chapter is entitled "Among the Americans." The author came to this country in the group with Hunter and Royle. In his description of his American tour he amuses himself with the American dialect and American customs, but no more than we amuse ourselves with those of New Zealand and England.

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