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November 1, 1930


JAMA. 1930;95(18):1357-1358. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02720180051021

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Surgery in the Future: "Hominal Physiology"  At the opening of the winter session of Guy's Hospital, Lord Moynihan delivered an address on "Surgery in the Immediate Future." He repeated his claim that surgery as a craft had almost reached its limits and said that he was unmoved by the criticisms which it had provoked. Under the caption "Surgeons as Prophets" it was pointed out (The Journal, Aug. 4, 1928, p. 332) that the same prophecy had been made by Erichsen nearly fifty years ago and proved to be quite erroneous, for Lister's discovery had not yet "revolutionized surgery," roentgen rays had not been discovered, and the procedures for viewing the interior of the hollow organs had not been introduced. Lord Moynihan on the present occasion said that the full fruit of Lister's work had now been gathered. Almost every organ had been made accessible to the surgeon; operations on these

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