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Ambroise Pare (1510-1590)

One day whilst treating casualties after the battle of Susa Pass, Pare ran out of Elder oil. He decided to just to dress the wounds, but he first applied an ointment made up of turpentine, egg yolk and rose oil. Arising the next morning, he expected the patients that he dressed with the ointment either suffering from great pain, or dead.
He was astonished to find that these patients had a quiet night, in stark comparison to those who had their wounds treated in the conventional way with boiling elder oil; they had their usual agonising night. Pare was heard to remark,
“Je le pansay; Dieu le guarit”, which when translated into English means, I dressed and God healed. After that particular experience Pare vowed never again to use boiling oil. Saying,

“I will abandon this miserable way of burning and roasting and boiling.”

Pare was also one of the first to ligate the main vessels avoiding the use of the hot iron, which was the accepted method at the time. Although the ancient Indians, Celsus and Galen ligated vessels, it was not a common accepted practice.
He contributed to pain relief by describing the effectiveness of nerve compression that relieved some of the agonising pain during amputation.
Pares contribution to pain relief was to describe and document the effectiveness of nerve compression to relieve some of the agonising pain at amputation.



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"Surgeons must be very careful. When they take the knife!, underneath their fine incisions, stirs the Culprit / Life!” 119



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