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Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Saga of a Neurosurgeon is the story of a man's driven life, one of overarching ambition. The motto of the boy who became Garven Wilsonhulme, M.D., neurosurgeon, might well have been that of Hannibal when he prepared to traverse the Alps to attack the Romans in the Third Punic War. He told his generals of his audacious plan to use elephants to carry the supplies of his army across the great mountains as winter approached. When they told him that it could not be done, the supreme Carthaginian general is quoted by Seneca as saying: Aut Invenium Viam Aut Faciam—I will find a way or make one. Whether Garven was playing sandlot ball on a dusty vacant field in a nothing Arizona village, competing with no-holds barred in school, fighting with his fists to gain or maintain his position, or playing the game of chutes and ladders that is medical academia, he was a force to be reckoned with. He had the drive of Hannibal, the cunning of a desert coyote, and the conscience of a vulture.