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So often even the best type of doctor lives his life, does what he can to be useful, dies and is soon forgotten, except for a more or less perfunctory death notice, that it is a comfort to read a sympathetic medical biography written by a man's friends.
The author of this book has painted a pleasant portrait of Dr. Hibbs—a fine doctor; a tall, rangy, upstanding, colorful, ingenious Kentuckian who came to New York as a youngster, fought his way unaided to the front ranks of American orthopedic surgery and eventually became professor of orthopedic surgery at Columbia University. During his lifetime he made many friends, vastly enjoyed being alive and contributed definitely to the advancement of his specialty.
His story is told briefly by Dr. Goodwin. Dr. Karl Vogel's tribute, which appeared originally in the New York Times, is reprinted. Dr. Samuel W. Lambert has written a delightful
Russell A. Hibbs: Pioneer in Orthopedic Surgery, 1869-1932.. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1936;58(3):575. doi:10.1001/archinte.1936.00170130204014