This photo essay came about as a result of my association with the Walton Sun, a free weekly in Walton County, FL. My wife, who became a reporter

for the same weekly in 2001, got assigned to do an article on a new medical practice in the area named Microspine. New to the Defuniak Springs, FL,

area, the two doctors were on the leading edge of minimally invasive spinal surgery. The editor assigned the photography to me (I was a contract

photographer at the time) and the pair of us were afforded the opportunity to view an actual surgery in the operating theater.

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