Medicine: Capsules, Oct. 8, 1956

¶Except for accidents, war wounds and inborn deformities, surgery is on the way out, said one of Europe's most noted surgeons, Dr. Francois Ody of Geneva. "The great masters of the scalpel, admired by my generation, will soon become legendary figures," he prophesied. "Hundreds of instruments will be discarded. No more operating tables, diathermic knives and anesthesia installations ... no more operative shock, no more anguish, no more pain." This revolution will be wrought, Dr. Ody believes, by improved internal medication — "All the victories which have been the pride of brilliant surgeons...

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