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No more romantic or thrilling times can be conceived than those occurring in France from 1790 to the end of the Great War in 1920. It is natural that the turbulent days as well as the calm ones should be reflected in the personalities of the men living and working, studying and fighting during this period. It is not surprising, therefore, that a history of French surgery of these times, especially if well written, should abound with interesting characters, characters which like the times were turbulent or calm, passive or aggressive, overly ambitious or surprisingly self effacive. This history is well written and as a result it reads not like a textbook but like a novel. The history commences while surgery was living under the refulgent light of the Royal Academy, which light was forever dimmed in 1793. The early chapters have to do with the tragic hours of the
Histoire de la chirurgie française (1790-1920). JAMA. 1935;104(9):773. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760090077033
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