Lloyd Milton Nyhus (Fig. 1) was born in Washington, USA in 1923, the son of a Lutheran principal and his devoted wife. His nascent interest in science and medicine were an extension of the caring and nurturing philosophy of his parents. After graduation from the College of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham at the height of the Second World War, he had the foresight and good fortune to begin his surgical training in Seattle, WA, USA under the tutelage of Henry N. Harkins, MD, one of the great thinkers of the 20th century. Dr. Harkins was to have a profound and lasting influence on Dr. Nyhus, whose subsequent career mirrored and built on that of his mentor. Prominent among the topics investigated were burnwound therapy, disorders of the digestive tract, and hernias.