William Stewart Halsted

Surgeon

1852 – 1922

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Who was William Stewart Halsted?

William Stewart Halsted, M.D. was an American surgeon who emphasized strict aseptic technique during surgical procedures, was an early champion of newly discovered anesthetics, and introduced several new operations, including the radical mastectomy for breast cancer. Along with William Osler, Howard Atwood Kelly and William H. Welch, Halsted was one of the "Big Four" founding professors at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Throughout his professional life, he was addicted to cocaine and later also to morphine, which were not illegal during his time.

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Born
Sep 23, 1852
New York City
Also known as
  • Dr. William Stewart Halsted
Spouses
Religion
  • Agnosticism
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Columbia University
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Yale University
Lived in
  • New York City
Died
Sep 7, 1922
Baltimore

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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