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Surgical Reminiscence
July 1, 2005

H. Glenn Bell, MD: The Epitome of a General Surgeon

Arch Surg. 2005;140(7):702-704. doi:10.1001/archsurg.140.7.702

In the current age of specialization, which includes minimally invasive and robotic techniques, general surgery has seen its field of practice primarily contracted to trauma and abdominal surgery. Even these 2 areas have undergone a remarkable degree of specialization. There was a time 6 decades ago when a general surgeon was truly the finest example of an all-encompassing physician who could successfully treat any disease that might afflict a patient. No one personified this distinguished title of general surgeon more than Dr H. (Harry) Glenn Bell.