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Great stories make great history and the story of the development of the art and science of surgery is certainly both. The history of surgery includes heros, villains, and an overwhelming sense of the courage required of both the patient and the earliest barber surgeons in the era before the use of anesthesia. Unlike the classic Century of the Surgeon, a fictitious account of the development of surgery during the late 19th and early 20th century by Juergen Thorwald, this book probes in detail the evolution of surgery since Hippocrates. De Moulin recounts the European perspective, emphasizing the impact of
A History of Surgery with Emphasis on the Netherlands. Ann Intern Med. ;109:86–87. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-1-86_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(1):86-87.
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