The Cambridge Illustrated History of Surgery

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-19
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Written in a lively and engaging style, by a medical author and teacher of great renown, this book provides a fascinating and informative introduction to the development of surgery through the ages. It illustrates some of the key advances in surgery from primitive techniques such as trepanning, through some of the gruesome but occasionally successful methods employed by the ancient civilisations, the increasingly sophisticated techniques of the Greeks and Romans, the advances of the Dark Ages and the Renaissance and on to the early pioneers of anaesthesia and antisepsis such as Morton, Lister and Pasteur. Heavily illustrated in colour, The Cambridge Illustrated History of Surgery is the only serious choice for a reader wanting a lively and informative single-volume introduction to surgical history.

Table of Contents

Further reading
Picture index
Surgery in prehistoric times
The early years of written history - Mesopotamia, Egypt, China and India
Surgery in Ancient Greece and Rome
The Dark Ages and the Renaissance
The age of the surgeon-anatomist
From the mid sixteenth century to the end of the seventeenth century
The age of the surgeon-anatomist
From the beginning of the eighteenth century to the mid nineteenth century
The advent of anaesthesia and antisepsis
The birth of modern surgery - from Lister to the twentieth century
The surgery of warfare
Orthopaedic surgery
Breast tumours
Cutting for the stone
Thyroid and parathyroid
Thoracic and vascular surgery
Organ transplantation
Envoi - today and tomorrow
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