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Title page of Benjamin Bell's Treatise on Ulcers, 1797
Hoffman  RD631 .B4 17977
 

 


                BENJAMIN BELL (1749-1806)

     Benjamin Bell, a Scottish physician, is considered the first of that nation's scientific surgeons.  He worked in the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for 29 years and grew wealthy from his private practice. He was one of the first surgeons to emphasize the importance of preventing or diminishing pain during surgery, often using homeopathic techniques.   As a surgeon, he also introduced a number of improvements in amputation. He suffered an accident which ended his medical career, after which he devoted the rest of his life to farming.
       Towards the end of the 18th century, he published several important medical works, including books on surgery and venereal diseases. This treatise, The Theory and Management of Ulcers, was first published in 1778 and is still considered one of the classics of 18th Century physiology. This edition was published in Boston in 1797.
 

 

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