Hoffman RC201 .H92 1818a
Although of humble origins, John Hunter became one of the
most influence surgeons of his age. He wrote two books on teeth, in
which he clearly described dental anatomy and coined the terms
bicuspids, cuspids, incisors and molar, and described dental pathology.
At the time Hunter was considered the authority on venereal
diseases. He thought that gonorrhea and syphilis were caused by a single
pathogen. Living in an age when physicians frequently experimented on
themselves, he inoculated himself with gonorrhea, using a needle that
was unknowingly contaminated with syphilis. When he contracted both
syphilis and gonorrhea, he claimed it proved his erroneous theory that
there was only one venereal disease. He championed its treatment
with mercury and cauterization. He included his findings in his
Treatise on the Venereal Disease, first issued in 1786.
Because of Hunterís reputation, knowledge concerning
the true nature of gonorrhea and syphilis was retarded, and it was not
until 51 years later that his theory was proved to be wrong.
This is the second revised edition, published in London
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