FRENCH SURGERY OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF SURGERY (1731-1793)
About the Book
It is during the eighteenth century that the faltering march of surgery from empiric craft to scientific discipline began. French surgeons were prominent leaders of this evolution, and those practicing in Paris turned the capital into a surgical mecca attracting surgical students and mature professionals from all over Europe and even from America. They also created the Royal Academy of Surgery, soon the lodestar of the surgical world. During its sixty-two years’ existence, the academy published five tomes of memoirs, which became the surgical vade mecum for most of Europe.
About the Author
It is as a fellow (resident) in the Departmemt of Surgery of the University of Minnesota that Dr. Dos became interested in the history of his profession, notably during the French eighteenth century. This continued along subsequent assignments to the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Eventually, the accumulated material was sorted out and organized into the present book.