Burt Russell Shurly: A Man of Conviction, a Life in Medicine and Education, 1871-1950

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iUniverse, Apr 21, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 216 pages

In Burt Russell Shurly; A Man of Conviction, A Life in Medicine and Education, 18711950, Robert Vanderzee continues the story of the Shurly family, focusing on a physician and educator who, with the help of his mentor, chose medicine over the military life his father had planned for him.

Vanderzee, the oldest grandson of Burt Shurly, relies on his extensive research into family archives, records, and scrapbooks to share memories of a man who married into the wealthy Palms family of Detroit, excelled in his career, and personally saved his alma mater from bankruptcy. Vanderzee chronicles Shurlys life and career, which included serving as a medical officer during the Spanish- American War, commanding a medical unit in France during World War I, and later leading the fight against diphtheria, typhoid, and tuberculosis while establishing the controversial Shurly Hospital.

Interweaving local history, family letters, newspaper articles, and personal anecdotes, Vanderzee provides an intriguing glimpse into the life of a remarkable man who was gifted with intellect, enormous personal energy, and a keen sense of humorand used those attributes to earn success for himself, his family, and his community during an fascinating period in Detroit history.

 

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Contents

Chapter Two
16
Chapter Three
30
Chapter Four
52
Chapter Five
88
Chapter Six
92
Chapter Seven
96
Chapter Eight
122
Chapter Nine
138
Chapter Ten
150
Epilogue
154
Acknowledgments
160
Appendix
162
Bibliography
164
Notes
168
Index
178
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About the author (2011)

ROBERT VANDERZEE, the oldest grandson of Burt Shurly, is an authority on the history of the Shurly family. He is the author of Encounter with History, a retelling of the adventures of Edmund Richard Pitman Shurly. Vanderzee currently lives in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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