Thursday, 5 December 2019

The Pain of Preanesthetic Surgery

John Evelyn, the writer diaried : 

That morning my Chirurgeon cut off a poore creaturs Leg,a little under the knee,first cutting the living and untainted flesh above the Gangreene with a sharp knife,and then sawing off the bone in an instant;then with searing and stoopes stanching the blood,which issued abudantly;the stout and gallant man,enduring it with incredible patience,and that without being bound to his chaire,as is usual in such painefull operations,or hardly making a face or crying oh.

- 1672