The First Cut – Pt 2

The New Age of Medicine (continued from part 1) When Constantinople (Istanbul) fell to the invading Ottoman army in 1453 many scholars and physicians fled to Europe, carrying with them scientific medical knowledge that had been “lost.” This led to a European resurgence in medical developments. The 18th and 19th centuries showed steady progress in […]

The First Cut – Pt 1

Last week I had further foot surgery and am currently laid up, with limited mobility. This got me thinking about the history of  surgery, and reminded me of a joke I read in one of Isaac Asimov’s books: The Oldest Profession A doctor, an engineer, and a lawyer were in their favorite watering-hole discussing who […]