An instrumental history of medicine

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 16 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:638
  1. Rajvinder Khasriya, senior house officer (
  1. obstetrics and gynaecology, St Thomas' Hospital, London

    While holding a Langenbeck retractor for my consultant for the umpteenth time, I began to wonder who it was named after and what this figure contributed to surgery. My curiosity piqued, I set off to the Wellcome Institute one afternoon and uncovered the fascinating history …

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