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  • A Brief History of Surgery
  • The Development of New Techniques
  • Using New Techniques
  • In some cases, surgery is repairing of wounds.  Surgery can repair broken bones, diseased parts of the body, prevent chronic or continued pain, or help diagnose a health problem.  Surgery today is far safer and less painful than it was in the past.
  • The Future of Surgery
  • The most important early innovation in surgery was the control of infection.   Back then, they never washed their hands before or after operating on someone.  Almost half of the surgical patients died from a post-operation disease. 
  • Some Famous Medical Innovators
  • Sutures used today to close surgical wounds don't look like those used thousands of years ago.  Back then, wounds were sometimes stitched up using thorns as needles and plant fibers for sutures.  Today, some sutures dissolve in the body.
  • Fun Facts
  • Advances in surgical techniques have led to changes in other aspects of health care, too.  As laparoscopic and other less invasive techniques have become more common, the length of hospital stays has decreased.  In fact, many surgeries are now performed as outpatient procedures.
  • Joseph Lister studied medicine in London.  In 1861, he was appointed a surgeon at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary in Scotland.  In 1877, he was offered the chair of clinical surgery at King's College in London.
  • A couple examples of surgeries are: Tonsillectomies and Appendectomies A Biopsy is the removal of tissue which gets sent to a lab to get tested for disease. More than 15 million people in the United States
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