John of Arderne

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  • John of Arderne
    • Background
      • 14th century
      • Well known for removing anal abscesses
    • Books and research
      • He wrote a book called 'The practice of surgery' and encouraged others to challenge ancient ideas about surgery
      • A lot of his knowledge came from the battlefield
    • experiments
      • He was very good at removing anal abscesses
      • He used an anaesthetic in his operations (opium, hemlock and henbane)
    • Educating others
      • His book helped others to learn from him and come up with their own discoveries
    • Significance
      • He challenged Galen which meant ancient medicine was becoming less significant
      • His anaesthetics were actually effective which meant fewer people died of shock


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