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August 8, 1966

Surgeon, USA

JAMA. 1966;197(6):517. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110060191045

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Frank Slaughter practiced surgery in Virginia and Florida and served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II. Meanwhile, he began writing novels and now has had 46 books published since 1941. The most recent, Surgeon, USA, is an exciting story which utilizes his knowledge of medicine and the army.

Any doctor who has military service will recognize some situations faced by the hero—a good old-fashioned admirable character unlike the "anti-hero" of so many modern works. But probably few heroes will have been able to shine in so many ways. This one was a successful surgeon, a capable administrator, an advisor on preventing a meningitis epidemic. Meanwhile he defended a mildly liberal viewpoint (in favor of the United Nations) to the extent of being threatened with congressional investigation; destroyed a John Birch type organization; and competed with his congressman for the affection of—alternately—a senator's beautiful daughter and a brilliant