Work of the Hand: History of Surgery

Le travail de la main: histoire de la chirurgie


Topics on this page / Sujets ici

General Works / Ouvrages généraux

Antiquity to Enlightenment / Antiquité aux Lumières

Britain / Iles Britanniques


France (et en français)

United States / Etats Unis


General Works / Ouvrages généraux

Bamji, Andrew, Faces from the Front: Harold Gillies, The Queen’s Hospital, Sidcup, and the Origins of Modern Plastic Surgery. Solihull, West Midlands, England: Helion & Company, 2017.

Barnett, Richard, Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles & Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery. London: Thames & Hudson Ltd., 2015.

Bellussi, L.M., P. Marchisio, E. Materia, F.M. Passali. Clinical guideline on adenotonsillectomy: The Italian experience. Advances in Oto-Rhino-Laryngology 72 (2011): 142-5.

Bliquez, Lawrence J. The Tools of Asclepius: Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times. Brill, 2015.

Carden-Coyne, Ana. Reconstructing the Body: Classicism, Modernism, and the First World War. Oxford University Press, 2009.

Cooper, David K. C., Open Heart: The Radical Surgeons Who Revolutionized Medicine. New York: Kaplan Pub., 2010.

Cooter, Roger and Steve Sturdy, eds. Medicine and Modern Warfare. Clio Medica 55. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1999.

Cooter, Roger. Medicine and the Goodness of War. Canadian Bulletin of Medical History 7 (1990): 147–60.

Cooter, Roger. Surgery and Society in Peace and War: Orthopaedics and the Organization of Modern Medicine, 1880–1948. Basingstoke: Macmillan and University of Manchester, 1993.

Crumplin, Michael K. H. Men of Steel: Surgery in the Napoleonic Wars. Quiller Press, 2007.

Ellis, Harold. A History of Surgery. London: Greenwich Medical Media, 2001.

Faust, Russel A., ed. Robotics in Surgery: History, Current and Future Applications. Nova Science Publishers, 2007.

Gabriel, Richard A. Between Flesh and Steel: A History of Military Medicine from the Middle Ages to the War in Afghanistan. Potomac, 2013.

Gilman, Sander L. Making the Body Beautiful: A Cultural History of Aesthetic Surgery. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1999.

Goodman, Kevin. "Ouch!": A History of Arrow Wound Treatment from Prehistory to the Nineteenth Century. Bows, Blades and Battles Press, 2012.

Haeger, Knut. and Roy Yorke Calne. The Illustrated History of Surgery 2nd ed. Chicago: Harold Starke, 2000.

Haiken, Elizabeth. Venus Envy: A History of Cosmetic Surgery. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.

Hutchinson, John F. Champions of Charity: War and the Rise of the Red Cross. Boul­der, Colo.: Westview Press, 1996.

Kushner, Adam L., ed. Operation Crisis: Surgical care in the Developing World during Conflict and Disaster. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017.

Markowitz, R. I. Olive without a cause: The story of infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis. Pediatric Radiology, 44.2 (2014): 202-11.

McKellar, Shelley. Artificial Hearts: The Allure and Ambivalence of a Controversial Medical Technology. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins U P, 2018.

Millington, A.J. and J.S. Phillips. Current trends in tonsillitis and tonsillectomy. Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 96.8 (2014): 586-9.

Nogueira jr, J.F., D.R. Hermann, R.R. Américo, et al. A Brief History of Tonsillectomy. Int. Arch. Otorhinolaryngol 10.4 (2006): 314-17.

Ramsbrock, Annelie. The Science of Beauty: Culture and Cosmetics in Modern Germany, 1750-1930. trans. David Burnett. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Rutkow, Ira M. Surgery: An Illustrated History. St Louis: Mosby-Year Book, 1993.

Satava, Richard M. Robotic Surgery: From Past to Future--a Personal Journey. Surgical Clinics of North America 83 (2003): 1491-500.

Schlich, Thomas, and Christopher Crenner, eds. Technological Change in Modern Surgery: Historical Perspectives on Innovation. Rochester, NY: U Rochester Press 2017.

Schlich, Thomas, and Ulrich Trohler, eds. The Risks of Medical Innovation: Risk Perception and Assessment in Historical Context. Routledge 2006.

Schlich, Thomas. Surgery, Science and Industry: A Revolution in Fracture Care, 1950s-1990s. Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.

Schlich, Thomas. Surgery, Science, and Industry: A Revolution in Fracture Care, 1950s-1990s. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.

Schlich, Thomas. The Origins of Organ Transplantation: Surgery and Laboratory Science, 1880-1930. U Rochester Press 2010.

Schlich, Thomas. The Palgrave Handbook of the History of Surgery. Palgrave Macmillan 2017.

Scotland, Thomas R., and Steven Heys. War Surgery 1914-18. Solihull, England: Helion & Co., 2012.

Snow, Stephanie J. Blessed Days of Anaesthesia: How Anaesthetics Changed the World. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Tilney, Nicholas L. Invasion of the Body: Revolutions in Surgery. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2011.

Toneto, Marcelo Garcia and Claurio Roncuni. History of Thyroid Surgery. Scientia Medica 25.4 (2015): UNSP 22251.

Venters, G.A. and M.J. Bloor. A review of investigations into adenotonsillectomy. British Journal of Preventive & Social Medicine 28.1 (1974): 1-9.

Wangensteen, Owen Harding, and Sarah D. Wangensteen. The Rise of Surgery: From Empiric Craft to Scientific Discipline. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1978.

Whitfield, N., and Thomas Schlich. Skills through History.  Medical History 59.3 (2015): 349-60.

Wright, John S. A History of War Surgery. Stroud: Amberley, 2011.



Antiquity to Enlightenment / Antiquité aux Lumières

Citrome, Jeremy J. The Surgeon in Medieval English Literature. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

Decamp, Eleanor Sian. Civic and Medical Worlds in Early Modern England: Performing Barbery and Surgery. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Estes, J. Worth. The Medical Skills of Ancient Egypt. Canton, Mass.: Science History Publications U.S.A., 1989.

Hillam, Christine, ed. Dental Practice in Europe at the End of the 18th Century. Clio medica, vol. 72. Amsterdam; New York: Rodopi, 2003.

Loukas M. et al. Anatomy in Ancient India: A Focus on the Susruta Samhita. Journal of Anatomy 217.6 (2010): 646-50.

Majno, Guido. The Healing Hand: Man and Wound in the Ancient World. Cam­bridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1975.

McVaugh, M. R. The Rational Surgery of the Middle Ages. Firenze: Sismel/Edizioni del Galluzzo, 2006.

Mitchell, Piers D. Medicine in the Crusades: Warfare, Wounds, and the Medieval Surgeon. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Perdicoyianni Paléologou, Hélène, ed. Anatomy and Surgery from Antiquity to the Renaissance. Amsterdam: Hakkert, 2016.

Salazar, Christine F. The Treatment of War Wounds in Graeco-Roman Antiquity. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2000.

Sanchez, Gonzalo M. and Edmund S. Meltzer. The Edwin Smith Papyrus: Updated Translation of the Trauma Treatise and Modern Medical Commentaries. Atlanta, Ga.: Lockwood Press, 2012.

Schwartz, Seymour I. The Anatomist, the Barber-Surgeon, and the King: How the Accidental Death of Henry II of France Changed the World. New York: Humanity Books 2015.

Strouhal, Evžen, Břetislav Vachala, and Hana Vymazalová. The Medicine of the Ancient Egyptians. 1, Surgery, Gynecology, Obstetrics, and Pediatrics. trans. Sean Mark Miller and Kateřina Millerová. Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2014.

Tracy, Larissa and Kelly DeVries, eds.  Wounds and Wound Repair in Medieval Culture.  Brill, 2015.

Vrebos J. Thoughts on a neglected French medieval surgeon: Henri de Mondeville (1260-1320).  Acta Chirurgica Belgica 111.2 (2011): 107-15.

York, William Henry. Health and Wellness in Antiquity through the Middle Ages. Greenwood, 2012.


Britain / Iles Britanniques

Blandy, John P., and J. S. P. Lumley. The Royal College of Surgeons of England: 200 Years of History at the Millennium. London; Oxford: Royal College of Surgeons of England and Blackwell Science, 2000.

Brockliss, Laurence, J. Stewart Cardwell, and Michael S. Moss. Nelson's Surgeon: William Beatty, Naval Medicine, and the Battle of Trafalgar. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Burn, Ian. The Company of Barbers and Surgeons. London: Farrand Press, 2000.

Dingwall, Helen M. A Famous and Flourishing Society: The History of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 1505-2005. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2005.

Fitzharris, Lindsey. The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine, London: Allen Lane, 2017.

Gaw, Jerry L. A Time to Heal’: The Diffusion of Listerism in Victorian Britain. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, Pa.: American Philosophical Society, 1999

Lewis, Cherry. The Enlightened Mr. Parkinson: The Pioneering Life of a Forgotten English Surgeon. London: Icon Books, 2017.

Snow, Stephanie J. Operations without Pain: The Practice and Science of Anaesthesia in Victorian Britain. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

Stanley, Peter. For Fear of Pain: British Surgery, 1790-1850. Clio medica, vol. 70. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2003.



Allan, Ted. The Scalpel, the Sword: The Story of Dr. Norman Bethune. Boston: Little, Brown, 1952.

Bigelow, Wilfred G. Cold Hearts: The Story of Hypothermia and the Pacemaker in Heart Surgery. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1984.

Clarkson, Adrienne, Norman Bethune. Extraordinary Canadians Series. Penguin Canada, 2011.

Connor, J.T.H. Listerism Unmasked: Antisepsis and Asepsis in Victorian Anglo-Canada. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 49 (1994): 207–39.

Donovan, Rita. As for the Canadians: The Remarkable Story of the RCAF's Guinea Pigs of World War II. Ottawa: Buschek Books, 2000.

Dunlop, Marilyn. Bill Mustard, Surgical Pioneer. Canadian Medical Lives Series, no. 2. Toronto: Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine, 1989.

Hustak, Alan. Sir William Hingston: Montreal Mayor, Surgeon and Banker. Montreal: Price-Patterson Ltd., 2004.

Lewis, Jefferson. Something Hidden: A Biography of Wilder Penfield. Toronto and Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1981.

Lindsay, James. Dr. Harold Griffith and the Introduction of Curare. Canadian Medical Association Journal 144 (1991): 588–89.

Macbeth, Robert A. Canadian Surgery during the French Regime, 1608–1763. Canadian Journal of Surgery 20 (1977): 71–82.

McPhail, Neil V. The History of Vascular Surgery in Canada. Canadian Journal of Surgery 38 (1995): 229–37.

Pound, Richard W. Rocke Robertson: Surgeon and Shepherd of Change. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2008.

Rheault, Marcel J. La médecine en nouvelle-France: Les chirurgiens de Montréal, 1642-1760. Sillery, Québec: Septentrion, 2004.

Roland, Charles G. “Noted Surgeon, Fine Citizen": The Life of Archibald E. Malloch, MD, 1844-1919. Osler Library Studies in the History of Medicine. Montreal: Olser Library and American Osler Society, 2008.

Roland, Charles G. Bibliography of the History of Anesthesia in Canada: Pre­liminary Checklist. Canadian Anaesthetist’s Society Journal 15 (1968): 202–14.

Shephard, David A.E. and Andrée Lévesque, eds. Norman Bethune: His Times and His Legacy. Ottawa: Canadian Public Health Association, 1982.

Spaulding, William B. Abraham Groves 1847–1935: A Pioneer Surgeon, Suffi­cient unto Himself. Canadian Bulletin of Medical History 8 (1991): 249–62.

Stewart, Roderick, and Jesús Majada. Bethune in Spain. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014.

Stewart, Roderick, and Sharon Stewart. Phoenix: The life of Norman Bethune. Montréal; Ithaca, NY: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2011.


France (et en français)

Choukroun, Pierre-Louis. L'histoire de la chirurgie: du silex à nos jours, 3e ed. Paris: Dauphin, 2018.

Delaporte, François, Bernard Devauchelle and Emmanuel Fournier, eds. Transplanter: une approche transdisciplinaire: Art, médecine, histoire et biologie: colloque de Cerisy. Hermann, 2015.

Dumaître, Paule. Ambroise Paré, chirurgien de quatre rois de France. Paris: Perrin et Fondation Singer-Polignac, 1986.

Ferret- Dussart, Karine. La chirurgie maxillo-faciale à travers l'histoire: à propos des collections du Service de santé des armées au Val-de-Grâce. Paris: Glyphe & Biotem, 2004.

Gelfand, Toby. Professionalizing Modern Medicine: Paris Surgeons and Medical Science and Institutions in the Eighteenth Century. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1980.

Haute Autorité de Santé. Amygdalectomie avec ou sans adénoïdectomie chez l’enfant ou l’adolescent (moins de 18 ans). Synthèse de données de la littérature, décembre 2012. Source en ligne.

Marre, Philippe. L'Académie Nationale de Chirurgie au service de l'histoire: séances solennelles: articles et conférence. Paris: L'Harmattan, 2021.

Montandon, Denys. Jacques Reverdin, la premiere greffe de peau, Broché, 2014.

Montandon, Denys. Moi Pierre Franco, maistre chirurgien. Slatkine 2013.

Ohana, Sydney. L'histoire de la chirurgie esthétique: De l'antiquité à nos jours. Paris: Flammarion, 2006.

Schwartz, Seymour I. The Anatomist, the Barber-Surgeon, and the King: How the Accidental Death of Henry II of France Changed the World. New York: Humanity Books 2015.

Vayre, Pierre. De l'art à la science en chirurgie : trois limousins à Paris au XIXe siècle : Alexis Boyer (1757-1833), Guillaume Dupuytren (1777-1835), Jean Cruveilhier (1791-1874). Paris: Glyphe & Biotem, 2004.


United States /Etats Unis

Bacon, Douglas R., Kathyrn E. McGoldrick, and Mark J. Lema. The American Society of Anesthesiologists: A Century of Challenges and Progress. Park Ridge, IL: Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology, 2005.

Bontecou, Reed B., and Stanley B. Burns, ed. Shooting Soldiers: Civil War Medical Photography. New York: Burns Archive Press, 2011.

Burnham, John C. Health care in America: A History. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015.

Devine, Shauna. Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017.

Fye, W. Bruce, Caring for the Heart: Mayo Clinic and the Rise of Specialization. Oxford University Press, 2015.

Gariepy, Thomas P. The Introduction and Acceptance of Listerian Antisepsis in the United States. Journal of the History of Medicine & Allied Sciences 49 (1994): 167-206.

Helling, Thomas. Desperate Surgery in the Pacific War: Doctors and Damage Control for American Wounded, 1941-1945. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2017.

Humphreys, Margaret. Intensely Human: The Health of the Black Soldier in the American Civil War. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.

Imber, Gerald. Genius on the Edge: The Bizarre Double Life of Dr. William Stewart Halsted. New York: Kaplan Pub., 2010.

Klaidman, Stephen. Saving the Heart: The Battle to Conquer Coronary Disease. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Lerner, Barron H. The Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear, and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Pernick, Martin S. A Calculus of Suffering: Pain, Professionalism, and Anesthesia in Nineteenth-Century America. New York: Columbia University Press, 1985.

Rutkow, Ira M. American Surgery: An Illustrated History. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven, 1998.

Rutkow, Ira M. The History of Surgery in the United States, 1775-1900. 2 vols. San Francisco: Norman, 1988 and 1992.

Schwartz, Seymour I. Gifted Hands: America’s Most Significant Contributions to Surgery. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus 2009.

Weisse, Allen B. Heart to Heart: The Twentieth-Century Battle against Cardiac Disease: An Oral History. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2002.

Zetka, James R. Surgeons and the Scope. Collection on Technology and Work. Ithaca: ILR Press, 2003.