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This may well be called the dressing period in the evolution of surgery. Time was when the scape! alone was emblazoned on the escutcheon of the surgeon and with the skillful incision his responsibility ended, nor did the dignity of his office admit of his performing what then were held as the minor and menial offices of after treatment which then was supposed to cover everything that followed upon the first brilliant sweep of the surgeon's glittering steel. There are no doubt some who hear me today who remember the dramatic toss of the knife behind him of the elder Gross whon completing his incision and the autocratic delivery of the case to his assistants for the dressing and treatment of the wound.
Even to this day the red, white and blue stripes of the barber pole tell of surgery's humble origin and the bandagers and bone-setters still roam
SUMMERS TO. WET DRESSINGS IN SURGERY. JAMA. 1898;XXXI(7):340–341. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450070018001i
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