History - Factors affecting developments in surgery

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War led to:

  • Mobile X-ray units
  • blood transfusions
  • blood preservation
  • blood banks


  • Gillies, plastic surgery
  • lighter, more flexible, prosthetics

War needed scientific development, technological work ad communication to succeed. 

Science and Technology: 

  • Gillies predicle tube system
  • the development of lighter metal alloys
  • Lewisohn's discovery that sodium citrate slowed blood…


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