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Les oeuvres d'Ambroise Paré, 1633

Ambroise Paré was an innovative French surgeon who served as physician to several French kings. While serving as a military surgeon, Paré introduced new techniques for treating wounds and injuries. He produced several instructional volumes for surgery, writing in his native French rather than the traditional Latin. These publications provided descriptions of procedures with an emphasis on minimizing damage to tissue and promoting healing, and illustrations of surgical instruments.

Courtesy National Library of Medicine

Title page of a book with text and image of two statues flanking a crest.