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Operations that made History (Greenwich Medical Media)


This book aims to give the reader an appreciation of the historical perspective of surgery and the author illustrates this in a number of ways. Firstly, Professor Ellis describes some of the major surgical 'break-throughs', such as the first gastrectomy. He then goes on to cover some procedures which, though minor in themselves, nonetheless made a great impact on surgery. An example of this is the first operation to be performed under anaesthesia. Finally, he describes a number of operations of varying degrees of complexity that were performed on famous people (e.g. Lord Nelson). In surgery, as in all fields of human activity, history is forgotten at our peril. The examples described in this book combine to give the reader a unique insight into a remarkable specialty, using the lessons of history to instruct as well as entertain.

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