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February 1973

Napoleon's Surgeon.

Arch Surg. 1973;106(2):243. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350140099033

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Abstract

This is the best source in English on the life and writings of Baron Larrey. Devoted to his soldiers and respected by Napoleon, who called him "the most virtuous man I have known," Larrey was a courageous innovator. Dible's book documents well his contributions to battlefield surgery: light ambulance wagons to aid the wounded and to move them from danger; better techniques of amputation, of stopping hemorrhage, and of setting fractures; improved care of wounds, a more accurate understanding of the causes and treatment of gangrene. A good teacher, Larrey admonished, "It is not enough to have carried out an operation skillfully; it is just as important to foresee and to prevent the complications which may follow it."

For pleasure and perspective, the surgeon of today should read this excellent book.

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