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March 1966

Historical Vignette: Chevalier Jackson

Arch Otolaryngol. 1966;83(3):292-296. doi:10.1001/archotol.1966.00760020294022

TO ALL who practice bronchoesophagology, to thoracic surgeons and anesthesiologists who daily use the instruments and techniques, and to the myriads of patients who owe their lives and health to diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoesophagological techniques, an eternal debt of gratitude is owed to Dr. Chevalier Jackson.

Born just 100 years ago this month, this kind, gentle, and generous man, with no intimate friends or confidants, had powerful motivations that led to a unique and remarkable career, best understood by reading his autobiography.1

Little "Chev's" childhood in a farming and coal mining community near Pittsburgh was not a happy one outside of his home. The physically frail boy, envied by older, stronger sons of coal miners because his parents were educated and because he received better grades, became the victim of every sort of physical torture by his bigger schoolmates. Having his lunchbox and sled smashed, ashes put in

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