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H. Richard Hornberger, surgeon who wrote "M+A+S+H' novel

H. Richard Hornberger, a surgeon whose novel inspired the television series M+A+S+H, has died at age 73.

The TV show was based on the novel of the same name that Dr. Hornberger, a thoracic surgeon who lived in Bremen, wrote after serving with a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) during the Korean War. His book also was the basis of the hit movie starring Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould.

Dr. Hornberger, who died Tuesday, wrote two sequels and maintained an active surgical practice in Waterville until his retirement in 1988.

He praised the movie about the MASH unit as being faithful to the characters portrayed in his books, a compliment he never bestowed on the long-running TV series.

In 1983, as millions of Americans mourned the demise of the popular series, Dr. Hornberger said the TV show just wasn't his type of humor.

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