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Object Number 2012.003.002
Object Name Notebook
Title Dr. Sterling Bunnell's Medical School Books
Scope & Content Eleven small leather-bound notebooks containing hand-written notes made by Sterling Bunnell during his years in medical school. The titles of the notebooks are: Eastern Trip 1909, Gynecology, Medicine - Dr. Kerr (Volumes 1 and 2), Medicine - Dr. Moffit (Volumes 1 and 2), Obstetrics Volume 1, Surgery and Gynecology, Surgery - Dr. Sherman, Surgery - Dr. Sherman, Vol. 2, and Therapeutics - Pediatrics.
Dates of Creation 1905-1915
Creator Bunnell, Sterling
Collection Bunnell, Sterling
Subjects Covered Gynecology
Exhibit Label Title Early Pioneers: Sterling Bunnell, MD
Exhibit Label Text Dr. Sterling Bunnell (1882-1957) has been called "The Father of Hand Surgery." He completed his undergraduate degree in 1904 at the University of California and received his medical degree in 1908 from the University of California at San Francisco.

The specialty of hand surgery developed during World War II. Battle-induced injuries required expertise from several surgical disciplines. Dr. Bunnell was chosen by the Surgeon General to lead the training programs. As a consultant to the U.S. Army, Dr. Bunnell travelled between the military hand centers and dedicated his career to educating hand surgeons. He was instrumental in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of approximately 20,000 hands of soldiers.

In 1944, using his experience, Dr. Bunnell wrote a textbook, Surgery of the Hand, which served as the premier reference for hand surgery for nearly 30 years. Dr. Bunnell always insisted that proper care of the upper extremity required a multidisciplinary approach. Many of the great pioneers in the field of hand surgery were influenced by the teachings of Dr. Bunnell.

In 1946, Dr. Bunnell and several of his trained surgeons founded the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). Dr. Bunnell served as the first ASSH President in 1946-1947.
Year Range from 1905.0
Year Range to 1915.0
Associated People Bunnell, Sterling
Keyword Search Terms Bunnell, Sterling
Early Pioneers
2012 Chase Library Exhibit