Medicine: Gentle Science

In the last 20 years, surgery has explored every organ of the body. Many a surgeon, flushed with scientific and financial success, thinks of his profession as a game of skilled slashing and speedy patching. Greatly worried by this too-common, hardboiled attitude are Dr. Elliott C. Cutler, chief surgeon of Boston's famed Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, and his associate, Dr. Robert Zollinger. To them surgery is not only a science but an art, a religion, and a means of self-expression. Last week they published their new folio-sized manual of surgery,* first book of its kind since 1853. Full of brief, "intimate"...

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