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October 1, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(14):1183. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740660061021

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The Advance of Surgery  The presidential address at the recent meeting of the British Medical Association has caused Lord Moynihan to return to a controversy which he started some time ago by saying that the craft of surgery had almost reached its limit, that "the full fruits of Lister's work have now been garnered," and that with operations now carried out on every organ in the body little further success can be expected. Commenting on this, Lord Dawson said in his presidental address: "Surely surgery has not reached so gloomy a finality. Listerism, which freed surgery from its chains, is surely a great permanent possession which conditions all progress but without determining the nature or limit of that progress." In reply, Lord Moynihan says that Lord Dawson has gravely misapprehended his "clear message carefully expressed" and does not seem to appreciate the distinction between "the craft of surgery" and "surgery."

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