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July 19, 1913


Author Affiliations

Professor of Surgery and Clinical Surgery, Vanderbilt University NASHVILLE, TENN.

JAMA. 1913;61(3):161-164. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350030001001

Almost incredible progress has been made in surgery during this wondrous age. The amplification of its uses would be a source of consternation even to our immediate forefathers.

The ever-widening scope of diseased conditions amenable to the beneficences of surgery has brought into requisition a large number of men and a high degree of excellence. No vocation, in fact, demands a higher type of endowment than that of the surgeon.

Can there be any more brilliant achievement than the conquering of the inveterate sufferings, the fatal wounds, or the deadly diseases that lie ensconced in the intricate and almost inaccessible recesses of the human body? It is a hazardous invasion and requires the utmost skill and intrepidity. Any man who has the capabilities and varied faculties that go to make a successful surgeon could so much more easily succeed in some other avocations. He must be a great scientist and

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