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January 11, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(2):125-126. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530280041007

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With the death of Nicholas Senn on January 2 there passed away a grand and leading figure in contemporary American surgery. The story of his remarkable rise by virtue of exceptional native ability, industry and tireless labor from country practitioner in Wisconsin to professor of surgery in Chicago and metropolitan surgeon of world-wide reputation, loaded with honors and distinctions of all kinds at home and abroad, is told elsewhere in this number.

Here we shall attempt to outline briefly his principal services to surgery and the medical profession and thus to humanity. Of the prodigious amount of surgery done by Senn in hospital and private practice he left no adequate record in the form of analytical studies of series of cases or of reports of interesting isolated observations. Suffice it to say that during the zenith of his surgical activity—about 1888-1902—his public surgical clinic was one of the very largest

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