The Archer of Meudon: A Curious Absence of Continuity in the History of Medicine

@article{Nutton2003TheAO,
  title={The Archer of Meudon: A Curious Absence of Continuity in the History of Medicine},
  author={V. Nutton},
  journal={Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences},
  year={2003},
  volume={58},
  pages={401 - 427}
}
  • V. Nutton
  • Published 2003
  • Medicine
  • Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
A contemporary chronicler described an apparent vivisection performed in Paris in 1475. Over the centuries, the story changed in every particular until it was believed to describe one of the triumphs of French surgery, the first surgical lithotomy. Widely known in the late nineteenth century, it had disappeared from histories of medicine by 1914, after its putative hero had been revealed as a historical phantom. This paper first examines the original story in the context of medicine in late… Expand
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