Presented by David W. Frantz.
The tradition of modern surgery arose not from the academics and elite of Europe, but from the barbers. The most common European medical practitioner of the Middle Ages was the “barber-surgeon.” From simple procedures often performed by monks, the expertise gradually advanced, often with the experience of caring for the wounds of war. The skills of those wielding the scalpels were only slowly accepted as a critical part of our medical armamentarium.
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