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Surgery: the worthy produce of heaven

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7359.0/i (Published 10 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:i

“Surgery is the best of the medical sciences; less liable than any other to the fallacy of conjectural or inferential practice; perpetual in its applicability; the worthy produce of heaven and the certain source of fame.” So said Dhanwantaree in 600 BC (p 322). But not everybody would agree. Those who underwent hemicorporectomy, radical mastectomy, and a hundred other excessive and dangerousoperations might dispute the avoidance of fallacies. Yet surgeons and their admirers will find evidence in this BMJ that surgery surely is “the worthy produce of heaven.”

Those philistines who imagine that anatomical research ran out of …

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