Il ginecologo Tait drena una cisti da echinococco del fegato

Il Dott. Lawson Tait, un ginecologo inglese, che era assai scettico sui benefici causati dalle procedure di antisepsi, entra nell’addome di un paziente per drenare una cisti da Echinococco del fegato.

La referenza bibliografica per questo evento è:

David A. McClusky III, Lee J. Skandalakis, Gene L. Colborn, John E. Skandalakis: Hepatic surgery and hepatic surgical anatomy: Historical partners in progress. In: World Journal of Surgery, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 330 – 342, 1997, ISSN: 03642313, (Cited by: 37).


Whether for hepatic trauma or transplantation, a surgeon's knowledge of hepatic anatomy commonly determines a patient's outcome. The first medically relevant anatomic studies of the liver emerged with the endeavors of Herophilus and Erasistratus between 310 and 280 BC. Yet it was not until after the development of anesthesia end antisepsis that the first formal resections were performed during the late 1800s. After vascular occlusion principles had been developed as a means of successful hemorrhage control, several deliberate attempts were made to repair the liver surgically. Such efforts culminated in the work of Wendel in 1910 when he followed avascular planes during hepatectomy. The functional anatomy of surgery and surgical technique had suddenly joined in an effort to advance the practice, and eventually the efficacy of hepatic surgeons in facilitating the modern era of segmental anatomy extended hepatectomies and transplantation surgery.

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