Gordon L Telford, MD, FACS.
Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS, founder of the American College of Surgeons
(ACS), grew up in a rural community in Wisconsin, where he spent his youth as a
farm laborer, brick worker, janitor, handyman, and teacher before pursuing a
career in medicine.
Dr. Martin also co-founded the Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital in
Chicago, founded the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and
the ACS Clinical Congress, developed the Hospital Standardization Program, and
served on the Advisory Commission of the Council of National Defense in
preparation for World War I, among other achievements.
Examining Dr. Martin's little-examined rural youth, author Gordon L. Telford,
MD, FACS, says, "This book provides insight into the impact of Dr. Franklin
Martin’s early years in Wisconsin on his later accomplishments and hypothesizes
that his rural upbringing helped him become a great leader. The book also
describes other very accomplished surgeons and individuals who benefitted from a