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Genius on the Edge

The Bizarre Double Life of Dr. William Stewart Halsted

by Gerald Imber

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Reveals a complex and troubled man who, despite being a ground-breaking father of modern surgery, battled with cocaine and morphine addition, exhibited eccentric behavior and lived an unusual lifestyle.

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Dr. William Halsted (holding a mallet) operates on a patient at Johns Hopkins in 1904. hide caption

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Re-Examining The Father Of Modern Surgery

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