A Dictionary of Practical Surgery: Comprehending All the Most Interesting Improvements, From the Earliest Time Down to the Present Period; An Account of the Instruments, Remedies, and Applications Employed in Surgery; the Etymology and Signification of the Principal Terms; and Numerous Reference to Ancient and Modern Works, Forming Together a "Catalogue Raisonnée" of Surgical Literature With a Variety of Original Facts and Observations.

William B. Bean, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(5):794-795. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280110174054.
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On my most recent birthday, now some time past, one of my sons presented me with vol II of this book with the long descriptive title. He picked it up in a secondhand book store when he noticed the medical title and ancient binding. Thus, I have grasped the opportunity of adding to my store of the medical knowledge of 150 years ago. I was hampered only a little by missing vol I for I could still range from "hernia" to "zinc" and in the appendix from "hydrophobia" to "truss." There was no need to read large portions of the book though I did glance through it page by page. This is a good way to gain some comprehension of the formidable ignorance of our medical forefathers. They made pathetic though bombastic effort to conceal this ignorance under a flow of words some of which is pretty silly verbiage. The


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