Who has been hiding in your tonsillectomy tray? Eponymous instruments in tonsillectomy surgery

Lamprell, L., and Ahluwalia, S. (2015) Who has been hiding in your tonsillectomy tray? Eponymous instruments in tonsillectomy surgery. Journal of Laryngology and Otology, 129 (4). pp. 307-313.

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Background: Surgeons regularly use eponymous instruments when performing tonsillectomies, yet the stories behind each are not commonly known.

Method and results: This paper presents the instruments within the tonsillectomy tray, providing a brief biography of their respective surgeon namesakes. The list captures over two centuries of surgical history, and spans the disciplines of ENT, general surgery, gynaecology, anaesthetics and paediatric surgery.

Conclusion: This is the first publication to undertake a historical study of the ensemble of surgeon inventors responsible for the instruments in the tonsillectomy tray as it is today. In furthering knowledge of our forbearer surgeon inventors, who have shaped the tonsillectomy procedure as it is safely performed today, we enrich our understanding of the history of our profession and build appreciation for the instruments employed daily. We may even be inspired to continue the tradition of evolving the craft.

Item ID: 41613
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1748-5460
Keywords: otolaryngology, eponyms, tonsillectomy, surgical instruments, history of medicine
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 14:00
FoR Codes: 22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220205 History and Philosophy of Medicine @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences @ 100%
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