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Fantasy Surgery, 1880-1930. With Special Reference to Sir William Arbuthnot Lane.

Dally, Ann.

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ISBN 10: 9042000090 / ISBN 13: 9789042000094
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Amsterdam & Atlanta, GA: Rodopi,1996. Paperback. VIII,359 pp. (Clio Medica 38/The Wellcome Institute Series in the History of Medicine). Condition : as new. ISBN 9789042000094 [KEYWORDS: HISTORY OF MEDICINE,surgery. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 111646

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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 included major surgery, often on the abdomen, done for psychiatric symptoms. Ovaries and wombs were removed and other organs hitched up higher inside the abdomen in an attempt to cure hysteria, neurasthenia or depression.
This book is about the development and effect of some of these operations and about one of the period's most distinguished surgeons, Sir William Arbuthnot Lane. He was internationally famous in three fields of surgery (facial, mastoid and abdominal), then became deeply involved in removing colons - thought to be the 'sink' of the body and the source of dangerous infection.

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