Opera Quae Extant Omnia
Guilhelmus Fabricus Hildanus
One of the most skillful and innovative doctors and surgeons of the mid-sixteenth to early seventeenth centuries was Guilhelmus Fabricus Hildanus. Fabricus’ techniques, collected in this 1646 edition, were often surprisingly ahead of their time. For example, he was known to choose whether or not to operate on a patient according to their best chances for survival, a far cry from the methods of the barber-surgeons who would operate without regard to the fact that their patients often died afterwards from complications.
Fabricus’ wife, an expert midwife and surgeon in her own right, worked with him during many procedures. This book represents some of his techniques and
theories on surgical procedures.
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