Article ID: CBB000060498

Military surgical practice and the advent of gunpowder weaponry (1990)


Description In 1563 French military surgeon Ambroise Paré corrected the tradition of treating gunshot wounds with cauterization. Although it has been believed that such a tradition was formed and developed during the late Middle Ages, the present article shows instead that “late medieval surgeons who treated gunshot wounds did so in a manner not unlike their treatment of non-gunshot wounds, without cauterization.”

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Authors & Contributors
McVaugh, Michael Rogers
Geroulanos, Stephanos
Paré, Ambroise
Siraisi, Nancy G.
O'Boyle, Cornelius
Pouchelle, Marie-Christine
Scientiarum Historia
Social History of Medicine
Histoire des Sciences Médicales
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
SISMEL edizioni del Galluzzo
University of Georgia Press
Rutgers University Press
University of Minnesota
Physicians; doctors
Medical instruments and apparatus
Medicine and religion
Paré, Ambroise
Teodorico Borgognoni
Guglielmo da Saliceto
Dino del Garbo
Ortolff von Bayrlant
Yperman, Jan
Bologna (Italy)
Spain; Portugal
13th century
16th century
14th century

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