"Scratches" of a Surgeon

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W. A. Chatterton, 1879 - Medicine - 120 pages
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Page 65 - Tis certainly a subject for humility, And one 'tis harder 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, I'll prove 'tis all a libel. (The...
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 67 - 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 must ever own, When woman, loveliest of the creation, Grew and developed from that very bone. Then lovesick swains began inditing sonnets, And Fashion talked with Folly by the way, Then came bulimia for becoming bonnets, — Hereditary epidemic...
Page 61 - Raised expectations very high indeed — I saw a practice growing from the seed. I tried to don a very learned look, Placed 'neath my arm a Symptom-Codex book, (A fashion which in eastern cities then Was followed by most scientific men, But which, adopted in New York would be Considered proof of insufficiency). It was a bitter cold December day, And as I tramped the hard and frozen ground, The winter wind with icicles at play, Strew'd glittering fragments everywhere around.
Page 66 - Twas Satan laid on man the direful rod ; That doctors are the DeviTs progeny, While surgeons come directly d<non 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 - 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 a woman. The facts are patent, and we all agree, 'Twas Satan laid on man the direful rod ; That doctors are the DeviPs progeny, While surgeons come directly down from God...
Page 1 - His name was Bolus. Benjamin Bolus, though in trade (Which oftentimes will genius fetter), Read works of fancy, it is said, And cultivated the belles lettres.
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...
Page 47 - ... thus for three consecutive hours, and finding the horrible burden gone when he awoke from his insensibility ! But modern surgery has opened another field. The fumes of chloroform, ether, and nitrous oxide narcotize the brain, and sometimes produce dangerous and even fatal results. What does modern surgery do to avoid such misfortune ? Simply this : A man with a wen on his arm, or an exquisitely painful
Page 66 - 11 prove 'tis all a libel, (The statement 's bold, but I could make It bolder) For on no less authority than the Bible I '11 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.

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