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Battlefield surgery. Engraving from the 16th cent- ury of a wounded soldier having an arrow extracted from his chest during a battle. The Arabic surgeon's assistant tries to hold the injured man in place during the procedure. In the absence of antiseptics and anaesthetics, the accepted medical practice was for surgeons to complete their work as quickly as physically possible. Military surgeons were generally more experienced than their civilian counterparts, but post-operative infection often killed patients. Image drawn by Giovanni Andrea della Croca in 1573.
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