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February 21, 1948

Die Chirurgie im Einklang mit dem Leben

JAMA. 1948;136(8):588. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890250076033

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René Leriche is one of the most prominent living French surgeons, his life work is devoted to the ideal of coordinating the art and science of surgery with the general physiologic and biologic conceptions originated by such masters as Pasteur and Lister. As early as 1914, Leriche was full of praise for the surgical methods taught by Halsted in Baltimore, methods based on the conviction that surgery can be nothing else but applied biology. Leriche stated more than twenty years ago that the "heroic" times, when the surgeon considered amputations and resections of main organs his pride and accomplishment, were over. He recognized that the experimental work of Claude Bernard applied by the surgeon would lead to entirely different procedures. Instead of crudely removing a diseased organ, the surgeon should endeavor to correct the pathologic process of a tissue by regulating the biologic conditions. Through resection of a sympathetic ganglion

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