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Object Number 2012.003.022
Object Name Letter
Title Request for copy of Surgery in World War II
Scope & Content Letter from Dr. Sterling Bunnell to the Government Printing Office requesting a leather-covered copy of "Surgery in World War II - Hand Surgery," which he edited.
Dates of Creation January 6, 1956
Creator Bunnell, Sterling
Collection Bunnell, Sterling
Subjects Covered Hand Surgery
Surgery in World War II
United States, Deprtment of the Army
Office of the Surgeon General
Exhibit Label Title World War II to surgical specialty
Exhibit Label Text Hand surgery during World War II and its establishment as a surgical specialty

During World War II, Surgeon General of the U.S. Army, Norman T. Kirk, MD, realized the need for specialized care of the injured hand. Due to the War there was no practical way for so many surgical specialists to be in one place at one time.

Sterling Bunnell, MD, a consultant to the U.S. Army, created a training program that taught interested surgeons the multiple skills required to fulfill the need for specialized hand surgeons. Between 1944 and 1947, Dr. Bunnell visited the centers to teach the proper care of soldiers with hand injuries and to organize surgical treatment. Dr. Bunnell's program that developed during the War was the originator to the modern hand surgery specialty.
Associated People Bunnell, Sterling
Keyword Search Terms Bunnell, Sterling
Early Pioneers
2012 Chase Library Exhibit
Hand Surgery
Surgery in World War II
United States, Department of the Army
Office of the Surgeon General