Surgery, Past, Present, and Future and Excessive Mortality After Surgical Operations: Two Addresses to the British Medical Association, 1864 & 1877 (Google eBook)

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J. & A. Churchhill, 1877 - Surgery - 49 pages
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Page 6 - Mary, accelerated by disappointment at the termination of supposed pregnancy in dropsy, which was no doubt ovarian, and treated according to ignorant routine by successive bleedings. Treated with the knowledge now at command, the destinies of England might have been strangely altered. Elizabeth reigned fortyfive years, and in her time, surgery, though already chartered as a profession, was neither an art nor a science. For the most part it was carried on as a trade, after the fashion of the country...
Page 33 - Nullius unquam hominis vitam ancipiti tentaturum experimento ;" a fundamental principle of medical morality which we conceive is outraged whenever an operation so fearful in its nature, often so immediately fatal in its results...
Page 30 - ... was so eminent a defender of the College rights and privileges, that there happening, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, to arise a difference betwixt the physicians and surgeons, whether the surgeon might give inward remedies in the sciatica, French pox, or any kind of ulcer or wound, &c., Dr. Caius was summoned (as President of the College) to appear before the Lord Mayor and others of the Queen's delegates, before whom he so learnedly defended the College rights and the illegality of the surgeons'...
Page 32 - it may be shown that in the United States and Great Britain alone ovariotomy has within the last thirty years directly contributed more than thirty thousand years of active life to woman; all of which would have been lost had ovariotomy never been performed.
Page 15 - I made known my opinion that all the advantages of complete anaesthesia, with fewer drawbacks, could be obtained by the use of bichloride of methyline or chloromethyl than by any other known anaesthetic. That was the result of an experience of five years, and of 350 serious operations. The experience of the five succeeding years, up to the present time, with more than 600 additional cases of ovariotomy, and many other cases of surgical operations, has fully confirmed me in this belief.
Page 24 - for my part I would rather operate in a clean, quiet, well-warmed, and well-ventilated building, be it large or small, without any antiseptic precautions, than run the risk of trusting to the neutralising...
Page 18 - ... any of these procedures. For reducible hernia a truss, for strangulated hernia operation, are still the rule. I believe the time is coming when most cases of reducible hernia, at any rate those not completely secured by a truss, will be radically cured by the surgeons, if not of this generation, certainly of the next. In many cases of inguinal hernia in young persons, Wood's operation under antiseptics will become more general. But we have reason to hope that we may obliterate the hernial sac,...
Page 43 - M..Chalvet has collected putrescent organic matter from the walls of Hospital wards ; and when watery vapour near a suppurating surface was collected, it was found to be charged with irregular corpuscles resembling dried pus. Eiselt, of Prague, found small cells like pus cells, in the air of a ward in which epidemic ophthalmia was raging. These facts afford just reasons for concluding that the air is a medium through which diseases may be transmitted either by specific germs or by the presence of...
Page 27 - Look not mournfully into the Past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the Present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy Future, without fear, and with a manly heart.
Page 11 - ... only justified by the belief that the risk of ' a cutting operation is so great that there is nothing too bad to be substituted for it,' and who can find but one thing that he can call remedial for the whole disease pyaemia, and that is, a profuse supply of fresh air ' wind blowing all about the rooms.

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