Sarah Bernhardt's 'Doctor God': Jean-Samuel Pozzi (1846-1918)

de Costa, Caroline, and Miller, Francesca (2007) Sarah Bernhardt's 'Doctor God': Jean-Samuel Pozzi (1846-1918). Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 47 (5). pp. 352-356.

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Samuel Pozzi was a major figure in the early development of modern gynaecological surgery. His textbook, A Treatise on Gynaecology, published in French in 1890 and rapidly translated into five other languages, was the first internationally acclaimed text integrating modern principles of anaesthesia, antisepsis, diagnosis, surgical technique and postoperative care, and in later editions remained a standard reference up to the 1930s. He was the author of more than 400 papers on gynaecological and general abdominal surgery and his technical expertise drew surgeons from all over the world to his theatre in the Hospital Broca, in one of the poorer parts of Paris. He was equally successful in several professional fields apart from medicine. However, his name is now little known in the English-speaking world. This short biography aims to re-introduce Pozzi to readers of English.

Item ID: 2260
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1479-828X
Keywords: France; peer gynaecology; history; nineteenth century
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Date Deposited: 29 May 2009 05:25
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111402 Obstetrics and Gynaecology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 51%
92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920114 Reproductive System and Disorders @ 49%
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