History of Surgery

Man’s first attempt at surgery was trepanning of skull which happens to be the oldest form of neurosurgery 6000 years ago. Stone Age man believed that making a hole in the skull relieved the spirit that caused the symptoms. Unknowingly he might have released intracranial pressure by this procedure. by Pierre Paul Broca (1824–1880) in 1876 showed evidence of healing in these skulls indicating that it was performed live subjects. It was also an accepted form of treatment by Hippocrates (460–377 BC), Paul of Aegina (AD 625–690) and other ancient physicians. Studies amongst races from Melanesia and Algeria in the 19th century have shown that it was done to cure conditions such as epilepsy, head injury and demonic possession.

Indians excelled in surgery and the works of Hindu Brahmin Susruta written around AD500, amongst its hundreds of surgical procedures, describes surgical treatment of protrusion of intestines more commonly as result of wars.

The era of modern abdominal surgery started in the 19th century. The first splenectomy was performed by Carl Friedrich Quittenbaum (1793–1852) of Germany in 1826, but his patient died of shock within six hours. The first splenectomy in England was performed by Sir Thomas Spencer Wells (1818–1897) in 1865 and his patient lived for 6 days. The first successful long-term result of the procedure was achieved by Emile Jules Pean (1830–1898) of Paris, France in 1867. One of the first successful abdominal operations for intussusception was performed by Sir Jonathan Hutchinson (1828–1913) while he was at London Hospital in 1874. The first resection of the stomach for carcinoma was performed by Pean in 1879, but his operation was not successful. The first successful gastric resection was performed by Theodor Billroth (1829–1894) in 1881. Phineas Sanborn Conner of Cincinnati, USA did a complete resection of the stomach in 1884 but his operation was also unsuccessful. Carl Bernhard Schlatter (1864–1934), a Swiss surgeon, performed the first successful total gastrectomy for carcinoma of the stomach in 1897. A procedure of partial gastrectomy for carcinoma of the pyloric end of the stomach was devised by William James Mayo (1861–1939) in 1900. Pólya operation, which is a modification of Billroth  operation II, was performed in 1911 by a Hungarian surgeon, Jenö Eugene Alexander Pólya (1876–1944). His operation involved gastrectomy combined with side-to-side anastomosis of the gastric remnant and the duodenum. Pólya is supposed to have been killed by Nazis, although his body was never recovered.

 



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GREAT BRITAIN, HISTORY OF SURGERY, 1965 JOSEPH LISTER'S DISCOVERY OF ANTISEPTIC SURGERY
GREAT BRITAIN, HISTORY OF SURGERY, 1965 JOSEPH LISTER'S DISCOVERY OF ANTISEPTIC SURGERY
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Great Britain, History of Surgery, 1965 Joseph Lister's Discovery of Antiseptic Surgery
Great Britain, History of Surgery, 1965 Joseph Lister's Discovery of Antiseptic Surgery
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Surgical Instruments & Appliances, Illustrated, Harold Burrows, 1939, 10th Edition (First Edition 1905)
Surgical Instruments & Appliances, Illustrated, Harold Burrows, 1939, 10th Edition (First Edition 1905)
£28.00
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A System of Surgery, C. C. Choyce, Volume 1 only of 3, 19 color plates and illustrations, 1923 First Edition
A System of Surgery, C. C. Choyce, Volume 1 only of 3, 19 color plates and illustrations, 1923 First Edition
£42.00
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The Story of Surgery, George Bankoff, Arthur barker Ltd London, 1947 First Edition
The Story of Surgery, George Bankoff, Arthur barker Ltd London, 1947 First Edition
£48.00
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X-Ray diagnosis: A manual for surgeons, practitioners and students, Redding, J. Magnus, Cassell, 1926. First Edition
X-Ray diagnosis: A manual for surgeons, practitioners and students, Redding, J. Magnus, Cassell, 1926. First Edition
£49.00
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Hunterian Museum, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, G Grey Turner, Cassell and Company, London 1946.First Edition
Hunterian Museum, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, G Grey Turner, Cassell and Company, London 1946.First Edition
£51.00
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Spencer Wells: The Life and Work of a Victorian Surgeon, Shepherd, John A., Harcourt, 1965
Spencer Wells: The Life and Work of a Victorian Surgeon, Shepherd, John A., Harcourt, 1965
£58.00
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Surgery of the Oesohagus, R H Franklin, First Edition, 1952
Surgery of the Oesohagus, R H Franklin, First Edition, 1952
£65.00
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The Early History of Surgery in Great Britain, G Parker, Illustrated, A & C Black Ltd, London, 1920 First Edition
The Early History of Surgery in Great Britain, G Parker, Illustrated, A & C Black Ltd, London, 1920 First Edition
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Lecture Notes on General Surgery, Harold Ellis & Roy Yorke Calne, 1965, First Edition in 1965,  382 pages. No dust jacket. Green cloth and gilt titles to spine.
Lecture Notes on General Surgery, Harold Ellis & Roy Yorke Calne, 1965, First Edition in 1965, 382 pages. No dust jacket. Green cloth and gilt titles to spine.
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Surgery, A Hundred Years Ago, H T Deelman, Translated from diary of C B Tilanus in Dutch 1923 First Edition
Surgery, A Hundred Years Ago, H T Deelman, Translated from diary of C B Tilanus in Dutch 1923 First Edition
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John Hunter, Man of Science and Surgeon (1728-1793), Stephen Paget, T. Fisher Unwin, 1897
John Hunter, Man of Science and Surgeon (1728-1793), Stephen Paget, T. Fisher Unwin, 1897
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PYE'S SURGICAL HANDICRAFT,  HAMILTON BAILEY, 1947. 668 PAGES, Illustrated,, good copy
PYE'S SURGICAL HANDICRAFT, HAMILTON BAILEY, 1947. 668 PAGES, Illustrated,, good copy
£78.00
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A Manual of Surgical Anaesthesia by Bellamy Gardner 1916 2nd Edition
A Manual of Surgical Anaesthesia by Bellamy Gardner 1916 2nd Edition
£89.00
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Elements of Surgical Pathology by Augustus J Pepper, 81 Engravings, Cassel & Co, First Edition 1883
Elements of Surgical Pathology by Augustus J Pepper, 81 Engravings, Cassel & Co, First Edition 1883
£118.00
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Demonstration of Physical Signs in Clinical Surgery. Hamilton Bailey, First Edition, 1927. A classic in clinical surgery in the early 20th century, good copy
Demonstration of Physical Signs in Clinical Surgery. Hamilton Bailey, First Edition, 1927. A classic in clinical surgery in the early 20th century, good copy
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A Basis of Surgical Ward Work by R L Spittel, Surgeon to Colombo General Hospital, 1915, First Edition, good condition
A Basis of Surgical Ward Work by R L Spittel, Surgeon to Colombo General Hospital, 1915, First Edition, good condition
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Memoirs and Letters of Sir James Paget / Edited by Stephen Paget, One of His Sons, 1901
Memoirs and Letters of Sir James Paget / Edited by Stephen Paget, One of His Sons, 1901
£125.00
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NOTES ON MILITARY ORTHOPAEDICS, COLONEL SIR ROBERT JONES, 132 PAGES. FIRST EDITION, 1917. CASSELL AND COMPANY, SCARCE, GOOD COPY,
NOTES ON MILITARY ORTHOPAEDICS, COLONEL SIR ROBERT JONES, 132 PAGES. FIRST EDITION, 1917. CASSELL AND COMPANY, SCARCE, GOOD COPY,
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ON REST AND PAIN: A COURSE OF LECTURES. John; Hilton, W H A Jacobson,  Illustrated 1877
ON REST AND PAIN: A COURSE OF LECTURES. John; Hilton, W H A Jacobson, Illustrated 1877
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