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May 14, 1960


JAMA. 1960;173(2):176. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020200048014

"Here begins the Surgery edited and compiled by the Dominican, Brother Theodoric, Lord Bishop of Cervia." The seven books of surgery by Theodoric were published about 1267 A. D. The most recent translation is by Campbell and Colton.1 It is noteworthy that several of the precepts of the practice of this specialty were subject to test and found valid seven centuries ago. The translators note that the teachings of Theodoric were astonishingly similar to those of Halsted. "There is no need... to be rash or daring, but let them be foresighted, gentle and circumspect, in order that, with the greatest deliberateness and gentleness they may operate under all circumstances with what gentleness they can, especially around cerebral membranes, sensitive parts and other ticklish places... All the things that are necessary to the art cannot be included in books, many of these frequently happen to the operator, and cannot easily

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