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Surgical Reminiscence
February 2002

Chester Bidwell McVay, MD: The Practicing Anatomist

Arch Surg. 2002;137(2):226. doi:10.1001/archsurg.137.2.226

AS THE frontispiece to Chester B. McVay's signature text, Surgical Anatomy, he humbly quotes the 12th-century chancellor, Bernard of Chartes, as opining,

We are like dwarfs seated on the shoulders of giants. If we see more and further than they, it is not due to our own clear eyes or tall bodies, but because we are raised on high and upborne by their gigantic bigness.1