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August 4, 1956

Scalpel: Men Who Made Surgery

JAMA. 1956;161(14):1429. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970140085027

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This book for the layman or professional man interested in the history of surgery tells its story through the lives of the men who have brought about advances in surgical knowledge. Its four parts deal with the control of hemorrhage, the control of pain, the control of infection, and the control of shock. The author's style makes for easy reading, and among the many whose lives are described are Ambroise Paré; William Harvey; Crawford W. Long, who experimented with ether as an anesthetic; Wells and Morton, who introduced nitrous oxide; Joseph Lister; William Halsted; and Harvey Cushing. The illustrations are few but well chosen. There is a bibliography and an index.

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