Wednesday, March 31, 2010



Plate 1, Surgical instruments

Plate XIII, Aneurysms

In truth, the anxiety of a Surgeon, before an important operation,
is the greatest any man can suffer,...

Charles Bell (1774-1842), a renowned surgeon, professor and anatomist, was also a gifted artist. In 1815, Bell traveled to Brussels to treat the wounded in Napoleon's last battle at Waterloo, and documented his experiences in the remarkable book, Great Operations of Surgery (1821). The rare book includes 20 images (plates) that detail key surgical procedures.

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