A Century of Surgeons and Surgery: The American College of Surgeons
by David L. Nahrwold, MD,
FACS, and Peter J. Kernahan, MD, PhD, FACS
This book chronicles the story behind the evolution of one of the nation’s
foremost medical societies, the American College of Surgeons. Drs. Nahrwold and
Kernahan devoted four years to researching and writing this engaging account of
the College’s achievements, occasional setbacks, and changes in direction as the
College steadily works to influence the course of scientific surgery in America
and establish itself as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The
authors vividly capture the complex personalities of the leaders of the College
through the first 100 years. The American College of Surgeons opened its
Archives to the authors, providing access to materials not previously available.
This work is an authoritative history of the College, published during its
About the authors: David L. Nahrwold is retired chair of surgery at
Northwestern University, Chicago, and Peter J. Kernahan is a surgeon and medical
historian who has written a thesis on the College’s formation.