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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.
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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