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Newton Doctor Falls To His Death In Alaska Climbing Accident

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A doctor from Brigham and Women's Hospital is one of two men who fell to their deaths while climbing Alaska's Mount McKinley on Thursday.

John Mislow of Newton and Andrew Swanson of Minneapolis were roped together when they fell along a steep, hourglass-shaped snow gully called Messner Couloir.

Park Service spokeswoman Maureen McLaughlin says many factors remain unknown about the fall, including its starting point and whether the climbers were ascending or descending.

39-year-old Mislow was a fifth-year resident in the Department of Neurosurgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

In a statement, Department Chair Arthur Day called Mislow a "brilliant surgeon and researcher, as well as a devoted spouse, father, and friend."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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