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A Miracle And A Privilege: Recounting A Half Century Of Surgical Advance

by An Autobiography By Francis D. Moore

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This autobiography documents developments in American medicine from Moore's vantage point as surgeon-in-chief of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital of Harvard Medical School from 1948 through 1976. Moore emphasizes developments in blood transfusion, organ transplantation, immunosuppression, and other areas of surgical research and practice where he has known the participants who made the advances. Personal anecdotes are interspersed among the easy-to-understand descriptions of developments, making this an enjoyable book to read. It is similar to surgeon Thomas Starzl's Puzzle People (LJ 8/92); the authors describe many of the same cases and even discuss each other's research. Moore's book will be as well received as Starzl's. Recommended for public and academic libraries.?Eric D. Albright, Galter Health Sciences Lib., Northwestern Univ., Chicago
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Researcher and surgeon Moore's is an informative, enjoyable autobiography. Born into wealth near Chicago, Moore became a New Englander by virtue of education and career. He made his mark early, becoming Moseley Professor of Surgery at Harvard and chief of surgery at the Peter Brent Brigham Hospital shortly before his thirty-fifth birthday. His major contributions include the pioneer research on body composition using radioactive isotopes, research and clinical studies of convalescence and the treatment of burns, and early work on kidney transplantation. This is, however, more than an individual's autobiography, since Moore, partly because of his organizational and governmental work, had a stimulating and supportive effect on many other important individuals as well as projects. Refreshingly, despite his major roles in many activities, Moore can tell amusing stories on himself. Moreover, with King Ibn Saud among his patients and many travels throughout the world to his credit, Moore has had a career as widespread geographically as it is diverse surgically, administratively, and philosophically. William Beatty

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Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts. Autobiography of Francis D. Moore, surgeon, reflecting on modern medicine from his birth in 1935 (before penicillin's discovery) to the present day as NASA advisor on long-term effects of space flight.



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