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A History of Surgery

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 01 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1312
  1. Sanjay A Pai, consultant pathologist (
  1. Manipal Hospital, Bangalore, India

    Harold Ellis

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    Greenwich Medical Media, £29.50, pp 264

    ISBN 1 84110 023 4

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    Modern medicine is largely a 20th century development, but surgery has been around for hundreds of years in one form or another. In fact, the word “emergency” usually brings to mind a surgical rather than a medical emergency. The leap that surgery took from barber surgeons to proper surgeons and from a field that caused pain, sepsis, and death to the aseptic, pain free, and curative surgery of today is perhaps incomparable …

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