"Scratches" of a Surgeon

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W. A. Chatterton, 1879 - Medicine - 120 pages
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Page 65 - tis hard FOR DOCTORS to endure. That they must own their utter inability In many cases to effect a cure ; And then, with shrugs and sighs, their patients urge on To give themselves their only chance for life By calling on the poor, forgotten surgeon, Who cuts and CURES them with the dreaded knife. But as for age...
Page 43 - Neleus' valiant son ! Ascend thy chariot, haste with speed away, And great Machaon to the ships convey. A wise physician, skill'd our wounds to heal, Is more than armies to the public weal.
Page 66 - Twas Satan laid on man the direful rod ; That DOCTORS are the DEViL'S PROGENY, While surgeons come DiRECTLY DOWN FROM GOD! For thus we read (although the analgesia Of Richardson was then entirely unknown) Adam profoundly slept with anaesthesia. And from HiS THORAX WAS REMOVED A BONE, THiS was the first recorded operation, (No doctor here dare tell me that I fib !) And surgery, thus early in creation, CAN CLAiM COMPLETE EXCiSiON OF A RiB ! But this is nothing to the obligation The world to surgery...
Page 66 - I'll prove that surgery is surely older Than any form of med'cine whatsoever; And having finished, will appeal to the majority And have the point adjusted here forever, That " surgery in age can claim priority." • 'Tis true the snake aroused the curiosity, And gave to Eve the apple fair and bright; She ate, and with a fatal generosity Inveigled Adam to a luscious bite. That from that time disease and suffering came, Doctors were called upon to cure the evil; The art of healing, then, with all its...
Page 61 - ... power Of senna and of salts, of pills and blisters, Salves, plasters, chologogues and clysters, To kill or cure her — but had been defeated — By strength of constitution being cheated. She sent for me in haste to come and see. What her condition for a cure might be. Dear me ! a patient — what a happy tone, To have a patient and one all my own — To have a patient and myself be fee 'd, Raised expectations very high indeed — I saw a practice growing from the seed.
Page 66 - Tis true the snake aroused the. curiosity, And gave to Eve the apple fair and bright ; She ate, and with a fatal generosity, Inveigled Adam to a luscious bite. That from that time disease and suffering came, Doctors were called upon to cure the evil : The art of healing, then, with all its fame, Was at the first developed by the Devil. Med'cine thus stands coeval with the sinning Of mother Eve, fair creature, though quite human, While noble surgery had its beginning In Paradise, BEFORE there was...
Page 67 - ... That poets sing in soft and sweet refrains, Doctors grew frantic o'er infantile colics, Announced at midnight with angelic strains. * * * * From this the world was peopled. So Doctors own, While you lay claim to such superiority, That surgery, in the development of bone As well as age, can clearly claim priority. My task is done, and with my best endeavor I have essayed to vindicate my art; So list my friends, ere friendly ties we sever, While waning moments bring the hour to part, Whatever land,...
Page 44 - Patroclus cut the forky steel away: Then in his hands a bitter root he bruised; The wound he wash'd, the styptic juice infused. The closing flesh that instant ceased to glow, The wound to torture, and the blood to flow.
Page 47 - A man with a •wen on his arm, or an exquisitely painful " felon " on his finger, can now look down quietly upon the knife as it enters his own body, and smile at a most remarkable coincidence, and one peculiarly agreeable to himself, namely,— he does not feel the slightest degree of pain. This condition of things is effected by the absence of heat ; otherwise, cold. It is well known to everybody, that if a part be frozen or benumbed with cold, its sensibility is for the time being lost. Now,...
Page 66 - cine thus stands coeval with the sinning Of mother Eve. fair creature, though quite human, While noble surgery had iTS beginning IN PARADiSE BEFORE there was a woman. The facts are patent, and we all agree Twas Satan laid on man the direful rod ; That DOCTORS are the DEViL'S PROGENY, While surgeons come DiRECTLY DOWN FROM GOD!

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