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November 9, 1907


Author Affiliations

Acting Dean and Professor of the History of Medicine and of Nervous Diseases, Fordham University School of Medicine. NEW YORK CITY.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(19):1593-1595. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320190027001g

A recent publication of the Carnegie Institution of Washington contains some material that will doubtless prove of great interest to surgeons and to those who are especially attracted to the history of medicine. Mr. W. Max Müller,1 while on a mission for the Carnegie Institution in the summer of 1904, discovered what are the earliest representations of surgical operations so far known. The date of the next earliest pictures of surgeons at work are probably at least a thousand years later. Because of this primacy of historical import, it has seemed worth while to reproduce the pictures for the medical profession, since they are buried in a publication that ordinarily is not likely to be consulted by physicians.

The pictures were found in a tomb excavated by Loret in the northern part of the necropolis or burying ground of Saqqârah at Memphis, which was the early capital of Egypt.

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