The responsibility of surgeons and their fees b.c. 2300

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 13 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1143

In the time of Hammurabi, King of Babylon, who lived 2,300 years b.c., the laws regulating the practice of surgery seem to have been rather uncomfortable. According to the code of laws of this monarch, discovered at Susa in 1902 by M. de Morgan, and transcribed and translated by Father Scheil, a surgeon who operated on any one with a bronze stylet or removed a film and saved an eye, was entitled to receive 10 …

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