History of Surgery

Welcome to my website, a site developed for ODP's and Nurses who are interested on their roots in the Operating Department.
This subject that has become more popular over the years, with students now expected to have some idea of their proffession.
It can also be a useful research site for those Surgeons and Anaesthetists who have an interest in history.
I have kept the site simplistic so that it can be understood by the general public who wish to explore Surgery and its beginings.
I would welcome any coments to improve the site that is for instance, if you believe that some other contributer to the developement of the success of surgery, anaesthesia or complementry field need a mention.
All references can be accessed by clicking the image or the reference number.
The pages will show the evolution of surgery and anaesthesia through history, until present day, and highlights how fast techniques and technology have revolutionised surgery.
Time never stands still and before we know, another future has hit us, forever changing our understanding.
Surgery has much to contend with in the future, with the diminishing effectiveness of antibiotics, and the ability of microbes to stay one step ahead, means that either we make a breakthrough in microbiology targetting the microbes ability to exist, rather than its ability to attach, or we innovate in infection control.

Fortunately the future holds some very good prospects, for example advances in computer technology, specifically quantum computers, will revolutionise our understanding of DNA and microbes, and will allow genetic defects to be targetted, negating the need for many surgical interventions. With these systems, microbes will also be targetted, allowing Artificial Intelegence to compute what a medicine should contain, and how it will affect both the bugs and the patient, millions of times faster than current bio-chemistry allows.
This site is ongoing it is also non-profit and completely funded by the author with no other motive but to share the history of medicine and surgery.

Click on Normans Image to see how what it was like in Theatres when I trained in the seventies.(More Fun Then)


Ken True ODP

The Friarage Hospital, Northallerton

Part of the South Tees NHS Trust .




About This Site

History of Surgery was created in the 1990's, as a free resource to educate Students or indeed anyone wishing to understand the beginings of surgery and Anaesthesia.

Get in Touch

  • Email: true@clara.net