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Special Communication
February 2015

Mary Edwards Walker: The Soul Ahead of Her Time

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, Florida
  • 2 Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York
  • 3Pine View School, Osprey, Florida
  • 4Department of English, University of Connecticut, Storrs
  • 5Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore
JAMA Surg. 2015;150(2):173-174. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.877

Mary Edwards Walker was a gallant woman who stood for women’s rights, embodied the true American spirit, and served the Union Army in the Civil War as a surgeon. She later became the first and only woman in United States history to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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