Tuesday, June 13, 2006

A pair of magical hands

Former trucker teaches surgery

James Crudup, an ex-trucker with roots in Mississippi, is revered by many doctors. Crudup, who never went to college, who was never allowed to operate on a human, was considered the best surgeon in the University of Michigan medical school. And he's credited with training some of the world's most reknown specialists. The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, MS, tells this American story.

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"Ms. Cornelius" said...

There was recently an HBO movie about another African American non-doctor who revolutionized surgery. It was called Something the Lord Made and starred Mos Def and Alan Rickman. Mos Def played Vivien Thomas, who helped revolutionize pediatric heart surgery although he had no formal training. I highly recommend this film.

DCS said...

Ms. Cornelius: Thanks for the tip!