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The early days of arterial surgery.
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PMID:  22165494     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Severe arterial bleeding must have been a common, much feared and often fatal complication of trauma since man appeared on Earth. The early surgeons would have used direct pressure on the wound, which would only have provided temporary relief, or learned to apply a tight dressing. If it was an injured limb, this would often result in gangrene. Application of styptics such as turpentine or the use of the cautery or boiling oil is described in ancient Greek, Roman, Hindu and Arab manuscripts. Indeed, boiling oil to cauterise gunshot wounds was strongly advised by John de Vigo in his surgical textbook that was widely used in the 16th century.
Harold Ellis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of perioperative practice     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1750-4589     ISO Abbreviation:  J Perioper Pract     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101271023     Medline TA:  J Perioper Pract     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  395-6     Citation Subset:  N    
Department of Anatomy, University of London, Guy's Campus, London, SE1 1UL.
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