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Original communication| Volume 87, ISSUE 5, P524-538, May 1980

William Halsted and Rudolph Matas: Their unique alliance

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      Abstract

      William Halsted and Rudolph Matas were two of the most distinguished surgeons in American medicine. Although their personalities were completely opposite, they enjoyed a long and devoted friendship. This is of historical interest in that Halsted opened his nonprofessional life to very few other men. During their relationship a fairly continuous correspondence was maintained. This paper will examine their friendship through an analysis of their personal letters, the majority of which have never been published. Their contents reveal a unique alliance, and provide further information on the world of American surgery as it existed during the first part of this century.
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