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October 25, 1952

The Apologie and Treatise of Ambroise Paré Containing the Voyages Made into Divers Places with Many of His Writings upon Surgery.

JAMA. 1952;150(8):833-834. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680080095033

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Abstract

This is a reprint from texts brought out in Canada and England that are covered by international copyright, but it is none the less a welcome addition to the literature concerning one of the greatest surgeons of all time. Paré had a full measure of wisdom; his observations were acute, and his reasoning was correct. His skill in recording all essential details commands respect.

Born in 1510, he came to know the horrors of war; this gave him the opportunity to satisfy his great curiosity as to the human body and its power to resist death from the wounds of conflict. In those days, one succeeded if he could attach himself to the noble or great. Paré's father was valet and barber to Sieur de Laval and probably did whatever surgery came his way. In this, he was observed by his gifted son, Ambroise. There was a faculty and surgeons'

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