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  • The word “surgeon” is derived from a Greek word meaning “manual labour”. A surgeon manually performs manipulations, sets bones and incises a patient, which differs from a doctor, who treats patients by prescribing herbs, tonics or pills.

  • Allis forceps are named after Dr. Oscar Huntington Allis (1836-1931) of
    New York. Dr. Allis practiced orthopedic surgery and received the
    Samuel Gross Prize from the Philadelphia Academy,
    for his book on dislocations of the hip.

  • Criles forceps were invented by Dr. George Washington Crile (1864-1943), an American surgeon who practiced over 25,000 thyroidectomies during his career and carried out the first radical dissection of the neck.

  • Even if procedures change, certain instruments always remain popular, such as those from Dr. Barraquer. Prominent in ophthalmology,
    Dr. Ignacio Barraquer (Barcelona 1884-1965) founded
    the “Barraquer Institute of Ophthalmology” in 1947.
    Dr. Barraquer also invented new surgical techniques.

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