by Claude E. Welch, 392 pp, with illus, $24.95, ISBN 0-88135-181-4, Boston, Mass, Massachusetts General Hospital; Canton, Mass, Watson Publishing International, distributors, 1992.
Most such autobiographies are uninspiring, which raises a problem for their reviewers, options being insult or perjury. But the reflections of America's senior surgical statesman, Claude Welch of Boston, fortunately are an exception to this rule. As an active player in so many aspects of the changing scene during a half century of medical practice, Welch turns his memoirs into a history, to which he adds his personal observations.
"Welch somehow found time both to be a busy practitioner and to participate as a leader in almost every organization that influenced the changes in medical practice..."
As is the case with so many "Boston surgeons," Claude Welch was born and raised
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