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July 1959

To Work in the Vineyard of Surgery, The Reminiscences of J. Collins Warren 1842-1927.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;104(1):165-166. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270070167023

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This painstakingly edited and annotated autobiography, the memoirs of Dr. J. Collins Warren, gives concrete expression to the extensive contributions made by the Warren family over six generations to Harvard, Boston, and the American medical profession. Warren himself lived through the time of the application of ether to anesthesia, the vast expansion of surgery with the frightful mortality from infection before the advent of Lister, and finally the developments which occurred when infection and the fear of infection were greatly reduced by antisepsis and asepsis. The extensive and scholarly annotation and footnotes interrupt the narrative on nearly every page. They provide detailed background and much information valuable for those not familiar with medicine or medical history. Details of early medical education, Civil War surgery, extensive postgraduate training in the great medical centers of Europe, and, finally, the productive career in practice and teaching at Harvard made up the bulk of

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