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November 9, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(19):1610-1611. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530190044008

Probably the first pictures of surgical operations ever made, certainly the earliest representations of surgeons at work that are extant, so far as we know, and to which we referred editorially not long since,1 are reproduced with some descriptive text in the article by Dr. Walsh on "First Pictures of Surgical Operations Extant" in this issue. The pictures, though crude and barely suggesting, rather than actually representing, the operations that were done can scarcely fail to be of interest because of the fact that the tomb on which they were found does not date later than 2500 B. C. Perhaps the most startling phase of surgery they represent is to be found in the suggestion made by the writer of the article that possibly one of the operations was meant to represent the breaking of a chordee. This suggestion may prove on further investigation not to be acceptable to

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