Summary: In the late Middle Ages barbers who also let blood, sold unguents, pulled teeth, applied cups, and gave enemas. They generally had the right to practice surgery. They began to acquire importance about 1100, when the monks, who required the barber's services for the tonsure, also had recourse to them for blood-letting, a practice required by ecclesiastic law. By the 18th century barbers continued to practice minor surgery and dentistry and many famous surgeons acquired their skill in the shops of barbers. (From Castiglioni, A History of Medicine, 2d ed, pp402, 568, 658)
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Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
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Katedra i Zakład Historii Medycyny i Framacji, Akademii Medycznej w Lozi
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Department of General and Thoracic Surgery, Semmelweis Teaching Hospital, Miskolc, Hungary
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Universiteit Maastricht, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht, The Netherlands
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Institute of the History, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine, Medical Faculty, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
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Institut für Geschichte der Medizin Charité zu Berlin, Ziegelstrasse 10, D 10117 Berlin
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Institut für Geschichte, Theorie und Ethik der Medizin, Universitat Ulm, Deutschland
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Sometime Surgeon General, Australian Defence Force, Office of The Preceptor, School of Medicine Univ of Qld, c Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Royal Children s Hospital, Herston, Queensland, Australia
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University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA
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Institute for the History of Medicine and Medical Ethics, University of Cologne, Joseph Stelzmann Strasse 20, D 50931 Cologne, Germany
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Bulls Mill House, Hertford, UK
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Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
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Department of Orthopaedic and Hand Surgery, Wellington School of Medicine, Wellington, New Zealand
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Department of History, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
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Queen Anne House, Hertford, Herts, UK
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Service d Urologie, CHUV, 1011 Lausanne
Rev Med Suisse 2:2800-3. 2006....
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U O Chirurgia Osp Ascalesi ASL 1, Napoli, I
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Department of Anatomy, Verdhaman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi 110024
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Law Office of Mark A Sanders, Bannockburn, Illinois, USA
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Semmelweis Museum, Library and Archives for the History of Medicine, Budapest, Hungary
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Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Medicas y Nutricion Salvador Zubiran, Secretaria de Salud, Mexico, Mexico
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Programa de Estudios Médicos Humanísticos, Facultad de Medicina, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile
Rev Chilena Infectol 27:228-32. 2010..The control of the latter had to consider antisepsis, asepsis and finally the appearance of antimicrobial substances, sulfonamides and antibiotics that allowed surgeons to approach and solve major problems of the specialty...
- From bloodletting to apheresis in JapanToshio Mazda
Japanese Red Cross Central Blood Institute, 2 1 67, Tatsumi, Koto ku, Tokyo 135 8521, Japan
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Semmelweis Egyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar, Közegészségtani Intézet, Orvostörténeti Munkacsoport, Budapest
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- Oncologic conceptions of Ambroise Paré (1509-1590), father of surgeryM Karamanou
Department of History of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Athens, Athens, Greece
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- Honor, brotherhood, and the corporate ethos of London's Barber-Surgeons' Company, 1570-1640Celeste Chamberland
Department of History, Art History, and Philosophy, Roosevelt University, 430 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60605, USA
J Hist Med Allied Sci 64:300-32. 2009....
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Institut fur Geschichte der Medizin, Ruprecht Karls Universitat Heidelberg
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Geriatric Medicine Unit, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, UK
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Department of Biochemistry, Medical University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland
J Nephrol 19:S22-9. 2006..A probable nephrological case (urolithiasis) in a High-Master of the Order is reported. Finally, information is presented about the guild of barber -- surgeons functioning in the town of Gdańsk, independently of the Teutonic Order...
- Cervantes: father of Don Quixote and son of a dentistAntonio Del Valle
Department of Clinical Dentistry, Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid, Spain
J Dent Res 85:701-4. 2006....
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The Old Barn, North Green, Kirtlington, Oxford, UK
J Med Biogr 14:84-9. 2006....
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Instituto Nacional de Cardiologia Ignacio Chavez, Juan Badiano No 1, Col Seccion XVI, Tlalpan C P 14080, Mexico, D F
Gac Med Mex 139:77-81. 2003..It should be a gesture of justice to build a memorial in the ancient Inquisition Palace to honor this Public Health's worthy physician...
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Borgess Research Institute, Michigan State University, Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
J Invest Surg 16:3-6. 2003
- The life and work of the German physician Johannes Scultetus (1595-1645)Anke H Scultetus
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Department of Surgery, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA
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Zakładu Humanistycznych Nauk Lekarskich Akademii Medycznej we Wrocławiu
Wiad Lek 54:472-8. 2001..This field of medicine has always been rational...
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Istituto Universitario Europeo, Firenze
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Departamento de Farmacologia, Juan Badiano No 1, Col Seccion XVI, C P 14080, Mexico, D F
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- Art macabre: resurrectionists and anatomistsR Magee
ANZ J Surg 71:377-80. 2001..of anatomy in England and Scotland from the 16th to the 19th centuries was carried out by the Companies of Barber Surgeons and also there were a number of private schools...
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Institut fur Geschichte der Medizin, Julius Maximilians Universitat Wurzburg
Zentralbl Chir 125:691-7. 2000In contrast to modern academic surgery, in 19th century German medical care was mainly taken by non-academic barber surgeons. Only after the foundation of the German Reich (1871) the practice of surgery was made conditional on a full ..
- Frère Jacques Beaulieu: from rogue lithotomist to nursery rhyme characterJ P Ganem
Division of Urology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
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Institutt for samfunnsmedisinske fag Norges teknisk naturvitenskapelige universitet, Trondheim
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Plastic Surgery Service, San Rossone Hospital, Pisa, Italy
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Seksjon for allmennmedisin, Institutt for samfunnsmedisinske fag, Universitetet i Bergen
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Institut fur Geschichte der Medizin, Universitat Wurzburg
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Institut fur Geschichte der Medizin, Wurzburg
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Institut fur Geschichte der Medizin, Universitat Wurzburg
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- [Exclusion of wound physicians from health care in Germany 1871/72]D Gross
Institut fur Geschichte der Medizin, Universitat Wurzburg
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Wojewódzki Szpital Specjalistyczny
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Transfusion Medicine Academic Center, Florida Blood Services, P O Box 22500, St Petersburg, Florida, 33742, USA
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Med Health R I 88:177. 2005
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British Society for the History of Medicine, Cambridge, UK
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Department of Surgery at the Medical College of Virginia Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia 23298, USA
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Department of Neurosurgery, University of Gottingen Medical School, Gottingen, Germany
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Klinik für Allgemeinchirurgie, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main
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Department of Anaesthetics, Ipswich Hospital, Ipswich IP4 5PD
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Institut za medicinska istrazivanja i medicinu rada, Zagreb
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Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA 02115, USA
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Department of Surgery, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Meibergdreef 9, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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School of Dental Medicine, State University of New York, Buffalo, USA
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Zdravstveni centar Dr Gere Istvan, 24400 Senta, Zlatne Grede 20
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