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Caring for the Hiroshima Maidens

Caring for the Hiroshima Maidens(0)

March 1, 2020

Describes the work and enduring legacy of the U.S. surgeons who treated the “Hiroshima Maidens”—Japanese women who were disfigured as a result of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.

Undated portrait of young Dr. Smillie Robertson (courtesy of The Miss Margaret Robins Archives of Women’s College Hospital, Toronto, ON)

Jennie Smillie Robertson, MD: One of Canada’s first women surgeons

One of Canada’s first women surgeons, Jennie Smillie Robertson, MD, is profiled.

Undated portrait of Dr. Evans (courtesy of Legacy Center: Archives & Special Collections, College of Medicine, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA)

Matilda Arabella Evans, MD: Resolute, resilient, resourceful

Matilda Evans, MD—the first African-American woman surgeon licensed to practice medicine in South Carolina—is the focus of this month’s column.

Franklin Martin, MD, FACS, Founder of the American College of Surgeons

The first women elected to College Fellowship

The accomplishments of the five women in the inaugural class of the ACS are described.

Dispatches from Rural Surgeons

Rural surgery: The road less traveled

This month’s column describes the career pathway that led a general surgeon from the New York State Tri-City Area to rural Oregon.


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