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January 21, 1961


JAMA. 1961;175(3):233-235. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040030057014

W. B. Hamby, currently a member of the Department of Neurological Surgery of the Cleveland Clinic and formerly of the University of Buffalo School of Medicine extracted the Case Reports and Autopsy Cards from the 1840 Malgaigne version of Oeuvres Completes d'Ambroise Paré, edited from Paré's Fifth Edition. Although the original volume was published after Paré's death, it was prepared for the press by the master. This edition was selected by Hamby because, in his judgment, it was the most valuable and readily available source of Paré's contributions. The father of modern surgery is probably best remembered for his treatise entitled "The Method of Treating Wounds Made By Firearms" which appeared in 1545. He is identified also as the surgeon who attributes surgical success to God's active participation in the healing processes.

Paré was born in 1510 in a suburb of Laval, France, at the beginning of one of the