(Sandy Colton/Stars and Stripes)

Tokyo, March 1957: Forty different kinds of surgical instruments are laid out as the surgical team operates on a patient to remove a cyst from his pancreas at Tokyo U.S. Army Hospital. In 1956 surgeons at TUSAH performed 856 operations in the general surgery department alone. Among the most common were appendectomies, operations for hernias, and removal of part of the thyroid gland or the gall bladder. Surgeons and specialists stand by or are on call 24 hours a day to handle emergency cases, whether caused by accidents or acute diseases.

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