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May 9, 1914


JAMA. 1914;LXII(19):1479-1480. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560440035016

Mr. D'Arcy Power in his paper on "The Lesser Writings of John Arderne," which was read in the section on the History of Medicine at the International Medical Congress in London last August and has lately appeared in the published transactions, quotes what John Arderne, a distinguished old English surgeon, says with regard to the dietetic management of nephritics, or as he called it in his old-fashioned English, the "governaunce of nefretykes."

John Arderne (the later form of the name is Arden) is the first important figure in English medicine and the earliest English surgeon about whom we have any detailed knowledge. He was born early in the fourteenth century, visited many lands, had extensive experience in military surgery during the Hundred Years' War with France, was in some way attached to the suite of John of Gaunt, and left a series of medical and surgical writings in which he

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