Fantasy surgery, 1880-1930: with special reference to Sir William Arbuthnot Lane.

  title={Fantasy surgery, 1880-1930: with special reference to Sir William Arbuthnot Lane.},
  author={A. Dally},
  journal={Clio medica},
  • A. Dally
  • Published 1996
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Clio medica
In the late nineteenth century, for the first time in history, major surgery became reasonably safe. A mortality of up to 30% was considered reasonable. The living abdomen, hitherto a region as unexplored as darkest Africa, was opened up to light and to the knife in explorations not unlike those of Africa - bold, dramatic, often not too well thought out, and dangerous. Surgeons became enthusiastic - some of them wildly so. The subsequent period has been called 'the adolescence of surgery'. It… Expand
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