By D. de Moulin
Surgery as a clinical self-discipline has from its beginnings appealed to the mind's eye of many. it truly is consequently now not extraordinary to discover that its vibrant previous has caused numerous authors to take in their pens. the reality of this within the Netherlands is witnessed via a couple of dissertations and monographs and particularly via the various articles with regards to the historical past of surgical procedure that have seemed within the scientific weekly Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, really throughout the twenty years previous the second one global warfare. The memorial quantity, released in 1977 by means of the 'Nederlandse Vereniging voor Heelkunde' (Association of Surgeons of the Netherlands) has completely coated the heritage of Dutch surgical procedure because the tum of the century, yet a chronological survey of the sooner occasions which resulted in those modem achievements continues to be short of. This booklet has been written for you to assembly this desire. In it, Dutch surgical procedure has in no way been taken as an remoted phenomenon, yet thought of in its context with eu surgical procedure as a complete. overseas affects at the on surgical procedure overseas are mentioned Netherlands and, conversely, Dutch impacts when modern scientific considering is determined opposed to a cultural and political again flooring. it's was hoping that this method will enable the e-book to exceed the slim limitations of'campanilismo' and make it of curiosity to non-Dutch readers as well.
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Without the formation of 18 any intermediary substance. The edges of the wound should be united either by means of a double-headed bandage, with a suture, or with a fibula. Everything that is 'desiccative' promotes healing, because in the body whatever is dry most closely approximates to that which is healthy, while whatever is wet approximates to that which is not healthy, Galen writes after Hippocrates (IV, 5). Wine is therefore an excellent medicament for the treatment of wounds without contusion, (IV, 4), as it desiccates and cleanses and because its penetration is deep.
There is no reference to closing its neck by means of a ligature, as one might expect the surgeon to do. But it is evident, however, that the testis and the blood vessels are spared, and in this respect the method described by Celsus compares favourably with the operative treatment of Paul and of the Middle Ages, which involved a hemicastration. In the case of penetrating abdominal injuries a perforation of the large intestine may be closed by suture. 41 This should be done as soon as possible, because the intestines are unaccustomed to exposure to outside air.
If it is adulterated with blood, the result will be erysipelas. Erysipelas, which is a dangerous disease, has the symptoms of heat and swelling in common with phlegmon, but its colour is paler or may be a little yellow. The treatment of erysipelas should consist of cooling measures, but one must not proceed too far because this would involve the risk of the diseased humour being diverted to an internal, vital part. 46 When erysipelas arises from wounds or sores then a cataplasm of barley flour and early scarification are recommended.
A history of surgery: with emphasis on the Netherlands by D. de Moulin