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August 1963

The Surgery of Theodoric, Circa AD 1267: Vol Two (Books III and IV).

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(2):298-299. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860020196040

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Some time ago the first and second books of The Surgery of Theodoric were translated by Campbell and Colton. The work is now completed with the publication of Volume Two, containing books III and IV. Unfortunately, Dr. Campbell's sudden tragic death came well before the present volume was completed, but the work on it was continued in the able hands of his colleague, James Colton, who has finished it.

Theodoric was the son or pupil of Hugo of Lucca, and the pupil treated his teacher with utmost filial affection and respect. There are many places where the surgery of Hugo of Lucca and Theodoric shows common sense, shrewd observation, and the ability to use experience. The state of surgery was far in advance of that which succeeded it, for surgery became almost a lost cause. On the other hand, one cannot help being appalled by the incredible and incorrigible accumulation

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