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Excellent and detailed history of William S. Halsted. Recounts, with more details than other sources, the beginning of the use of rubber gloves, his combination of research and surgery and his fondness for teaching and creating new surgeon/professors. Also anecdotes with Harvey Cushing and his other staffmembers. Did not know that he removed his mother's gallbladder emergently, saved his sister after a postpartum hemorrhage with a blood transfusion from his own blood and (though I knew about his addiction) gives details of his first experiments on himself and colleagues with cocaine solutions locally and through spinal injection. Another interesting aspect is how multiple factors coincided to make Johns Hopkins a new kind of hospital: non-local surgeons started the hospital but included the University of Maryland Medical School staff so as not to create a rivalry, the lack of traditions let the staff promote best practices as opposed to relying on the status quo and the development of Halsted's principles in part due to his experimental lab. Also there is a chapter devoted to the proteges including the author. Interesting information about the rift between Dandy and Cushing. A good and easy read.
Mr Johns Hopkins The University and the Johns Hopkins Hospital
Halsted in New York and His Early Days in Baltimore
The Halsted School of Surgery
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