Thomas Schlich

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This paper examines the origins of aseptic surgery in the German-speaking countries. It interprets asepsis as the outcome of a mutual realignment of surgery and laboratory science. In that process, phenomena of surgical reality were being modelled and simplified in the bacteriological laboratory so that they could be subjected to control by the researcher's(More)
The Nobel Prize Archive for Physiology or Medicine in Stockholm has recently gained scholarly attention among historians [8, 12, 22], but it has not yet been sufficiently examined by historians of physiology [13]. Studies of Nobel Prize nominations of renowned physiologists and reports by the Nobel Committee can help reconstructing many of the important(More)
Neurosurgery, in particular surgery of the brain, was recognized as one of the most spectacular transgressions of the traditional limits of surgical work. With their audacious, technically demanding, laboratory-based, and highly promising new interventions, prominent neurosurgeons were primary candidates for the Nobel Prize. Accordingly, neurosurgical(More)
This paper examines how, over the course of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the appreciation of skill in surgery shifted in characteristic ways. Skill is a problematic category in surgery. Its evaluation is embedded into wider cultural expectations and evaluations, which changed over time. The paper examines the discussions about surgical(More)