Essays on Science and SocietyBEYOND THE IVORY TOWER

The Victorian Revolution in Surgery

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Science  02 Apr 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5667, pp. 54-55
DOI: 10.1126/science.1092361

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The discovery of anesthesia, antisepsis, and x-rays in the 19th century has been called the Victorian revolution in surgery. In his Essay, Connor explains that science, technology, and medicine must be considered collectively to fully understand the historical events that led to these discoveries. He argues that the revolution was not limited to surgery. Rather, it marks the emergence of a modern medical sector that has as much to do with economics as with science, technology, and medicine.