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Franz John A. Torek

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Elsevier Inc.
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Volume
85
Issue
4
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DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2007.10.106
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Franz John A. Torek (1861 to 1938) is one of the pioneering surgeons in thoracic surgery. The son of German immigrants, he worked in the German (now Lenox Hill) Hospital in New York City. In 1913 he performed the first thoracic esophagectomy for cancer, and the patient survived for 12 years. We describe the surgical work and private life of Torek and recall the details of the groundbreaking operation.

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