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June 5, 1948

Sir W. Arbuthnot Lane, Bart., C.B., M.S., F.R. C.S.: His Life and Work

JAMA. 1948;137(6):568. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890400072032

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Sir W. Arbuthnot Lane will probably be remembered for Lane's kink, which was a mistake, and for his subsequent embarkation into notions regarding diet and health, which were probably even greater mistakes. He should be remembered as a great surgeon who in his prime was recognized throughout the world. He should be remembered for his development of the metallic plates and implements which continue to be used in surgery. His biographer believes that some of the statements made by Lane in his later years which were so greatly attacked were made with his tongue in his cheek simply to startle the medical profession. The biography is worthy of note as a study of one of the most interesting characters in modern medicine.

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