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Brunschwig developed pelvic exenteration surgery, which removes major organs from the patient's pelvic cavity. He performed 847 procedures, with a death rate similar to those of others later with more modern anesthesia. Pelvic exenteration is controversial, because it is one of the most aggressive and disfiguring surgeries used in oncology, and has not been subject to controlled clinical trials.
Obituary: Classics in Oncology ( a detailed review of his life and contributions).
- James Stuart Olson, The History of Cancer: An Annotated Bibliography (ABC-CLIO, 1989) p38
- The Annals of Extreme Surgery By BARRON H. LERNER, New York Times, August 29, 2011