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April 1958

The Surgery of Theodoric ca. A. D. 1267.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;101(4):835-836. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260160159017

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Many years ago I came across a choice quotation from the treatise dealing with the surgical principles and practices of Hugh or Hugo of Lucca written down by his son Theodoric toward the end of the thirteenth century. I was particularly impressed by the following words about nutrition: "Since therefore nature herself cannot bring about the manufacture of good blood without proper nutriment, nothing avails more in the healing of small as well as great wounds than the care of the nutrition of the patient. The physician must above all not be ignorant of the kind of food materials that generate good chyme and good blood. Out of such materials the wounded man must be fed in order that a suitable diet should bring about a restoration of the continuity of the wound." With considerable difficulty I was able to look up a number of points about Hugo which demonstrated

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