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Donald Church Balfour

Born 1882
Died 1963

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Canadian-American surgeon, born August 22, 1882, Toronto; died 1963.

Biography of Donald Church Balfour

Donald Church Balfour studied in Toronto and received his doctorate in that city in 1914. From 1907 he practiced as surgeon in Rochester, attached to the Mayo clinic. His scientific works particularly concerns the surgery of the thyroid gland, gastric ulcers and the spleen. He provided the best account of his important operation for resection of the sigmoid colon in 1910.

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