Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases

Journal of Infectious Diseases & Preventive Medicine


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Nearly all of the truly great discoveries in medicine and surgery have had to combat skepticism, worn out dogmatism and even the open hostility of a large part of the profession before their general acceptance has been obtained: Imagine, for a moment, the trials of those surgeons who, in their broadness of mind, first dared to brave the anger of their brethren in the hippocratic creed when they "cut for stone"; now, all unite in honoring that specialty whose field is so important and beneficent. The great military surgeon of Charles IX, Ambroise Paré, was ostracized and nearly lost his life because he dared to substitute healing balms for boiling oils in the treatment of wounds of war. His use of the hemostatic ligature called forth a storm of protest and was not generally accepted for years. Still later, Larry, chief surgeon to the great Napoleon, was constantly under suspicion

This article was published in BMJ and referenced in Journal of Infectious Diseases & Preventive Medicine

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