Medicine: Surgery, New Style

Seven thousand surgeons swarmed last week through Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria. Gathered for the annual clinical congress of the American College of Surgeons, they packed room after room to hear technical papers read and discussed. They watched dozens of colored movies (Cine Clinics, they called them) of operations ranging from standard procedures through the specialties to the spectacular. They trooped off by bus and motorcade to 61 hospitals in New York City's five boroughs to watch "wet clinics," as they call the real thing.

Though the assembled thousands included many of the deftest-fingered scalpel wielders and gut tiers in the U.S., and such honored...

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