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Janet Maria Vaughan—An unlikely hero(0)

October 1, 2020

In the crucible of war, heroes are forged. We remember the political leaders who made critical decisions or the soldiers who put their lives on the line. Other heroes emerge without titles or uniforms. One example is Janet Maria Vaughan, MD (1899–1993). She started life unlikely to become a physician and even less likely to […]

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

German influences on U.S. surgery and the founding of the ACS

Describes how German surgeons influenced the founding of the College and how the German education model helped shape U.S. residency education.

Caring for the Hiroshima Maidens

Caring for the Hiroshima Maidens

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.

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