Ambroise Pare

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  • Ambroise Pare
    • Background
      • He was born in France in 1510. He was an apprentice to his brother before becoming a surgeon. He became an army surgeon and treated sword and gunshot wounds. Died in 1590.
    • Before Pare
      • To stop the wound from bleeding they sealed it with a red hot iron. This was called cauterising
      • Doctors treated open wounds by pouring boiling oil on them. It was painful and often patients died
    • After Pare
      • He discovered that wounds healed a lot quicker without the boiling oil.
    • What he did
      • In order to stop the bleeding he tied a silk thread around the blood vessels to close them up
      • One day the boiling oil ran out and Pare decided to use an old remedy he had heard of and it worked.
    • Chance
      • Many other surgeons did not agree with the method he came up with.
      • The factor involved in this was chance.
      • The men that he treated with hot oil died, while the one he treated with egg yolks, oil of roses and turpentine had healed.


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