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Moments in Surgical History
December 2002

Stephen Smith (1823-1922)A Forgotten Surgical Hero

Arch Surg. 2002;137(12):1448. doi:10.1001/archsurg.137.12.1448

STEPHEN SMITH, born in Skaneateles, NY, in 1823, is one of the most intriguing personalities in the history of American medicine and my personal hero in the fields of surgery and public health. Along with his younger brother, Job Lewis, who became one of the nation's most influential pediatricians, Smith initially decided to study medicine at Geneva Medical College in Geneva, NY. After 1 year he switched to Buffalo Medical College for a second session of courses. In 1849, Smith relocated to New York City, where he began a third series of medical lectures at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. He received his medical degree from this institution in 1850.

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