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Object Number 2012.002.008
Object Name Letter
Title Letter from Sterling Bunnell to Capt. Shaw
Scope & Content Letter from Sterling Bunnell informing Capt. Darrel Shaw that he has left his U.S. Army consultancy position after establising hand centers across the United States. Also mentions some of the early work on forming a Hand Society. It also appears that a handwritten reply to Bunnell had been started on the back of the letter.
Dates of Creation December 3, 1945
Creator Bunnell, Sterling
Collection American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Subjects Covered Hand Surgery
Hand Centers
United States Army
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
Shaw, Darrel
Keyword Search Terms Bunnell, Sterling
Shaw, Darrel
Early Pioneers
Hand Surgery
Hand Centers
United States Army
2012 Chase Library Exhibit