World War II: A Neurosurgeon in New Guinea

World War II: A Neurosurgeon in New Guinea AbstractDURING WORLD WAR II, many doctors joined the military after completing their medical training. Civilian careers were put on hold until after the war was over. In 1942, Eben Alexander, Jr., joined the Air Force, then the United States Army, and served 4 years, much of it overseas, as a “3131C” neurosurgeon. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Neurosurgery Oxford University Press

World War II: A Neurosurgeon in New Guinea

World War II: A Neurosurgeon in New Guinea

Eben Alexander, Jr., M.D. D e p a rtm e n t o f N eurosurgery, W a k e Forest U n iv e rs ity School o f M e d ic in e , W in sto n -S a le m , N o rth C arolin a D U R IN G W O R L D W A R II, many doctors joined the m ilitary after completing their medical training. Civilian careers were put on hold until after the war was over. In 1942, Eben Alexander, Jr., joined the Air Force, then the United States Army, and served 4 years, much of it overseas, as a "3131C " neurosurgeon. (Neurosurgery 45:1454-1460, 1999) Key words: Army neurosurgical training, Evacuation hospital, New Guinea, W orld W a r II gical cen ters b e fo re w e w e re assign ed to go overseas to join n 1942, just 3 years out of H arvard M ed ical School and havin g just finished a surgical resid en cy at the Peter Bent ev a cu a tio n h o sp itals, a u x ilia ry su rgical units, or other units. Brigham and C h ild re n 's H ospital, I b e g a n m y career in the United States A rm y. I had intended to be a pediatric su rg eo n RETU RN TO N E U R O S U R G E R Y w ith W illiam B. Ladd and R obert G ross, b u t b e c a u se there S in ce I did not get into the n e u ro su rg ic a l program but was w as no o p en in g for me until the p rese n t in cu m b e n t in the retu rn ed to the A ir Fo rce in T e x a s, I w a s eventually trans­ residency of pediatric su rgery left, I served w ith Dr. Franc ferred, at m y req u est, to the A rm y and then assigned to a In grah am in n e u ro su rg e ry for 6 m onths. T h e ex p erie n ce m ad e second 6 -w e e k co u rse at C o lu m b ia . A t that point, we gradu­ me realize that I w anted to be a n eu ro su rg eo n . W h en I entered ates b e c a m e 3 1 3 1 C s, w h ich m a d e us, as C o lon el Spurling, the the United States A rm y as a vo lu n teer, I w as c o m m issio n e d as S u rg e o n G e n e r a l's co n su lta n t in n eu ro su rg e ry , termed us, a first lieutenant and w as sent to the S h ep p ard Air Force Base...
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Congress of Neurological Surgeons
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0148-396X
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10.1097/00006123-199912000-00035
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AbstractDURING WORLD WAR II, many doctors joined the military after completing their medical training. Civilian careers were put on hold until after the war was over. In 1942, Eben Alexander, Jr., joined the Air Force, then the United States Army, and served 4 years, much of it overseas, as a “3131C” neurosurgeon.

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NeurosurgeryOxford University Press

Published: Dec 1, 1999

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