Tag Archive for ‘ACS history’
ACS Releases New Book on Founder Franklin Martin’s Rural Upbringing
A new biography, published by the ACS, chronicles Dr. Martin’s early life in rural Wisconsin and the effect his upbringing had on his character and values as a statesman for surgery.
The Manitoba Chapter’s gavel and its enduring meaning
Investigating the history of the Manitoba Chapter’s gavel underscores the ACS’ commitment to improving the care of surgical patients.
Pearls from ACS past Presidential Addresses
Outlines the history of ACS Presidential Addresses and provides a selection of notable excerpts from the last 25 years.
Dan Elkin and Al Blalock: Present at the Creation
This column examines the unexpected and enduring friendship between two leaders of American surgeon in the 1940s, a vascular and cardiovascular surgeon.
A tribute to Harvey W. Bender, Jr., MD, FACS
The professional accomplishments of Dr. Bender—an ACS Past-President, innovative pediatric cardiologist, and dedicated educator—are described.
A tribute to Josef E. Fischer, MD, FACS
The professional accomplishments of Dr. Fischer—Past-Chair of the Board of Regents, an exemplary educator, leader, and clinical and translational researcher—are described.
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
The lights go out in Europe during the 1914 Clinical Congress
This article summarizes the events leading up to World War I and their effect on the 1914 ACS Clinical Congress and describes the early ties the College had with the European surgical community.
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 […]
No scalpel required: When orthopaedic surgery was conservative
In his 1914 presidential address to the American Orthopaedic Association, Gwilym G. Davis, MD, described the field as follows: “Radical procedures characterize general surgery, whereas conservation is the watchword of the orthopedic surgeon.”1 Conservative surgery was an ideology many elite surgeons applied at the time to separate themselves from their barber-surgeon past—to distance themselves from […]
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
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.
The first women elected to College Fellowship
The accomplishments of the five women in the inaugural class of the ACS are described.
In memoriam: LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., MD, FACS—A life without boundaries
LaSalle D. Leffall Jr., MD, FACS—the first African American to serve as President of the ACS—died May 25 of cancer.
John Gabbert Bowman, first Executive Director of the ACS
Archives of the American College of Surgeons
The book that established plastic surgery in the U.S.
Marking the 100th anniversary of Plastic Surgery: Its Principles and Practice, this month’s column looks at the development of this textbook as it relates to the evolution of the subspecialty of plastic surgery.
J.M.T. Finney, MD, FACS, and AEF Base Hospital No. 18 in WWI
Dr. Finney’s leadership as Director of Base Hospital No. 18 during World War I is the focus of this month’s column.
The U.S. medical response to gas warfare in World War I
The evolution of treating chemical-related wartime casualties, specifically gas-related injuries, starting with World War I, is detailed.