A Perfectly Striking Departure
Surgeons and Surgery at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital

Nicholkas L. Tilney, M.D.

2006 xi+282 pp., illustrated, hardcover, jacketed (978-0-88135-382-2) $35.00

A Perfectly Striking Departure


This is a wonderfully written account of a fascinating period of surgical history—David G. Nathan, M.D., Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Both a unique and timely addition to our understanding of the development of twentirth centurey medicine—Michael J. Zinner, M.D, Bringham and Women’s Hospital

…follows the seventy-year growth of the teaching arm of the Harvard Medical School, an initially small facility which attracted an international faculty. From the influences of different surgeons-in-chiefs to changes in academic departments and perspectives, chapters follow the growth, evolution and influences of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital; and while this might be a specialty acquisition for many collections any interested in medical history will find it a fine survey. — Midwest Book Review

Table of Contents

A Very Important Step
Harvey Cushing and the Making of an Academic Surgeon
The Professor and his Brigham Career
The Original Surgical Staff
The Transition to Elliot Cutler
“Pa Carter’s Boys”
Carl Walter, Surgical Engineering, and the Teaching of the Craft
Surgery of the Heart
Francis Moore, the New Chief
Investigators Already in Place
Concepts, Strategies, and Advances
Digits and Devices
Kidney Transplantation and the Nobel Prize
The Merger and Beyond

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