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August 16, 1995

A Miracle and a Privilege: Recounting a Half Century of Surgical Advance

Author Affiliations

Keesler Medical Center Keesler Air Force Base, Miss

JAMA. 1995;274(7):584-585. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530070082037

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This reviewer, as all medical students and surgical residents of 40 years ago, lived by Francis D. Moore's Metabolic Care of the Surgical Patient. Until A Miracle and a Privilege, his remarkable autobiography, I was quite uninformed as to Dr Moore's contributions to medicine and surgery during the past 50 years.

Dr Francis Moore was born with a silver scalpel in his mouth, and he makes no apologies for this good fortune. There is a distinguished air to his description of his family background, making the reading that much more enjoyable. His grandfather graduated from Harvard and his father from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was no surprise, then, that Francis Moore became an undergraduate at Harvard College, a medical student at Harvard Medical School, and a surgical resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

From the moment he entered medical school, and throughout his training, Moore demonstrated an

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