The Art and Science of Surgery

The Art and Science of Surgery

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...brachial is often the only vessel which requires a ligature. Occasionally the radial and ulnar start above the middle of the humerus; and in such a case they might for a moment puzzle an operator not versed in the vascular anomalyArterial branches of some importance spring from the main trunk, yet they rarely require ligation---a pinch and a twist of the forceps put an end to hemorrhage. The flaps are to be managed as in other amputations already described. The stump can bear the presence of an artificial limb in six or eight weeks. I may here remark that the usual contrivances made as substitutes for the arm and hand, are more ornamental than useful. A strap reaching from the substitute across the back to the opposite shoulder, holds the artificial limb in place, and aflbrds a medium through which force is applied to the mechanism of the apparatus. By such means the thumb and fore-finger may be made to oppose each other, and to take hold of some objects. I have devised an apparatus, the lower end of which resembled a duck's bill, that would take money out of the pocket, assist in dressing and undressing, and in earning a livelihood at simple employments The bill is held open with a spring, and is closed by force coming from the shoulders through the medium of a-strap and cord. A ring sliding freely on two levers like the handles of bone-forceps, serves to close the duck-bill. AM PUTATION AT ' THE SHwLDER-JOINT; Amputation at the shoulder-joint is an operation easily executed, and not especially dangerous. The inexperienced operator looks upon the procedure with dread on account of the severance of the axillary artery while no means are employed to compress the vessel. The subclavian may be compressed against the first rib above the...show more

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  • Paperback | 306 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 549g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236859677
  • 9781236859679