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Dan Elkin and Al Blalock: Present at the Creation(0)

November 1, 2021

This column examines the unexpected and enduring friendship between two leaders of American surgeon in the 1940s, a vascular and cardiovascular surgeon.

The impact of brickmaking on Franklin Martin’s character and self-confidence

Franklin H. Martin’s, MD, FACS, work as a brickmaker during his formative years enhanced his stamina, focus, and teamwork skills, which he demonstrated later in his foundational work in surgery.

Presidential illness, privacy, and a surgeon’s character: Some artifacts

Letter opener presented to Dr. Ravdin in 1950 by Penn Medical School’s Agnew Surgical Society

Leading the way: American surgery, the ACS, and specialization

Describes the ACS’ role in leading the profession toward surgical specialization in the U.S.

 

Surgical societies seek control of the “laparoscopic revolution”

The October 1989 American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress should be recognized as an important moment in the history of modern surgery. It was at this meeting that much of the enthusiasm for laparoscopic cholecystectomy was generated, triggering what is sometimes referred to as the “laparoscopic revolution” in general surgery. First performed in 1987 […]


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