Following its publication in 1963, this work went through more than a dozen editions, was translated into many languages, and became the benchmark text against which all succeeding works were measured for almost half a century throughout Europe and America.
The book is organized into 50 lectures, each written in a clear narrative style. The introduction contains a concise summary of the highlights of surgical history, and the chapters unfold as a remarkable description of all that was known in 1863 of the origins of surgical diseases, their pathologic manifestations, and their treatment. The illustrations, most of which are sketches of microscopic material, are excellent. Clinical anecdotes are used to illustrate textual statements, and the personal experience of the lecturer is leavened with that of authorities of the past as well as contemporary writers.
The book converted a host of surgeons to a new way of looking at their specialty. Surgical teaching in the Germanic schools was never the same after its publication and Billroth himself became recognized as a giant.
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