A History of Surgery

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Cambridge University Press, 2002 - Medical - 282 pages
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Written in a lively and engaging style, by a medical author and teacher of great renown, this book provides a fascinating and interesting introduction to the subject for anyone with an interest in it. It illustrates some of the key advances in surgery from primitive techniques such as trepanning, through some of the gruesome but occasionally successful methods employed by the ancient civilisations, the increasingly sophisticated techniques of the Greeks and Romans, the advances of the Dark Ages and the Renaissance and on to the early pioneers of anaesthesia and antisepsis such as Morton, Lister and Pasteur. The impact of modern warfare on the development of surgical procedures is also discussed and Professor Ellis ends with a fascinating glimpse into the future of surgery in the next millenium.
 

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this book contains beneficial historical information about the surgery and medical science in general. I recommend it for researchers who have inter-disciplinary research works.

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Contents

Preface
vii
Acknowledgements
ix
Further Reading
xi
Picture Index
xiii
Surgery in Prehistoric Times
1
The Early Years of Written History Mesopotamia Egypt China and India
9
Surgery in Ancient Greece and Rome
19
The Dark Ages and the Renaissance
27
The Birth of Modern Surgery From Lister to the First World War
99
The Surgery of Warfare
125
Orthopaedic Surgery
151
Breast Tumours
165
Cutting for the Stone
181
Thyroid and Parathyroid
197
Thoracic and Vascular Surgery
211
Organ Transplantation
237

The Age of the SurgeonAnatomist Part I From the Mid 16th to the End of the 17th Century
41
The Age of the SurgeonAnatomist Part 2 From the Beginning of the 18th Century to the Mid 19th century
53
The Advent of Anaesthesia and Antisepsis
79
Envoi Today and Tomorrow
249
Index
255
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