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By ARNOLD S. JACKSON, M.D.
Any young man or woman contemplating a career in medicine
will find great inspiration from reading this book. It is the story
of the life of a world-renowned doctor who overcame tremendous
financial obstacles in order to gain an education, and by sheer
determination, perseverance, and courage worked his way to the
top. Canadian-born, he left home to find work and gain an edu-
cation in the States. As a youth he worked on a freighter, as a
coachman, and as a male nurse while attending night school. Bit
by bit he added to his medical education until finally he obtained
his degree from the University of Louisville.
His story then moves on gracefully from the adventurous
years in rural Texas and in the Indian country of Oklahoma, to
a successful career in Dallas and San Antonio. Dr. Atkinson not
only demonstrated a remarkable technique in surgery of the eye,
but invented instruments and wrote books on his specialty that
added to his reputation.
It was on one of his many European trips, when the doctor was
reading a paper at the meeting of the International College of
Surgeons in Rome, that I had the great pleasure of first meeting
this eminent surgeon and his charming wife. For me it is a real
privilege to have been given the opportunity to write this fore-
word. Dr. Atkinson's life in some respects parallels that of two
other eminent surgical friends, Dr. Max Thorek and the late
Dr. Arthur Hertzler. Their life stories were beautifully told in
A Surgeon's Life and Horse and Buggy Doctor. Texas Surgeon
may well find its place beside these famous books.
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Atkinson, Donald Taylor. Texas Surgeon: an Autobiography, book, 1958; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143566/m1/7/: accessed January 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.