The History Of Surgery : Surgery

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Kyla Oldham Mrs. Morgan 12A Research Paper 10/1/15 The History of Surgery We’ve come a long way in medicine but the beginning was rough and painful. But what is surgery? Surgery is a profession defined by its authority to cure by means of bodily invasion. The risks of cutting into a living human being have always been feared, the benefits have only climbed slowly up and soon started to show improvements. But the changes to surgery have proved the development of the human races ability to heal their own. Surgery today is probably no longer the most feared medical procedure. Many people will eventually need surgery and have to go under the knife. Now many people think of surgery to be safe, painless and a now a reliable way to cure us from…show more content…
When the ancient Greeks discovered iron they started to carve these new tools from it. It allowed the surgeons to even out bones that have been broken. One thing that would have concerned me about these tools since they were being used in surgery is the sanitation of the tools. In this time period civilization wasn’t exactly “clean”. An unclean surgical that is not properly cleaned can be very dangerous. The tool that has not been cleaned can spread diseases easily and also give other people nasty infections. The Romans picked up “surgery lessons” from gladiator schools. The Romans used turpentine and pitch as antiseptics. In my opinion they shouldn’t use turpentine because it is not the best option to use in medicine. Turpentine is bad for the body if not used properly. It contains cadmium and manganese which are very toxic metals. The limit of antiseptics and anesthetics put a huge hold on surgery. But most of the time the ones they did use often killed the patient. Surgeons did not go to college to study they just learned from common practicing surgeons. In the Medieval Times barbers also practiced surgery. The barber’s main practice was called bloodletting and tooth extraction. Bloodletting is the process of draining blood from the body to reduce illness. Medieval surgeons traveled around the Country. Barbers also cared for soldiers while on their travels also treat people
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