In the current age of specialization, which includes minimally invasive and robotic techniques, general surgery has seen its field of practice primarily contracted to trauma and abdominal surgery. Even these 2 areas have undergone a remarkable degree of specialization. There was a time 6 decades ago when a general surgeon was truly the finest example of an all-encompassing physician who could successfully treat any disease that might afflict a patient. No one personified this distinguished title of general surgeon more than Dr H. (Harry) Glenn Bell.
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