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December 25, 1954

THE INTERNATIONAL SURGEONS' HALL OF FAME

JAMA. 1954;156(17):1586. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950170040016

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Abstract

A new institution is developing on Chicago's near north side that will be of great interest to the medical profession throughout the world. It is the International Surgeons' Hall of Fame and Museum of Surgical Science. This unique organization was conceived to recognize the contributions of surgeons to freedom from suffering, to the prolongation of life, and to the progress of mankind. While it was dedicated only last September at a ceremony attended by representatives from many countries, rapid progress has been made in remodeling the attractive building and in the installation of the priceless exhibits. The idea and the hope for a surgeon's shrine and museum originated years ago with Dr. Max Thorek, founder of the International College of Surgeons, but not until 1953 did the trustees of the college act to establish the memorial. A mansion adjoining the headquarters of the college was purchased, and architects were promptly

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