Paulus of Aegina and the historical origins of spine surgery

Jang, Kevin, Rosenfeld, Jeffrey V., and Di Ieva, Antonio (2020) Paulus of Aegina and the historical origins of spine surgery. World Neurosurgery, 133. pp. 291-301.

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Paulus of Aegina (625–690 AD) was the last of the prolific Byzantine physicians. His works consolidated and extended the knowledge of his predecessors, with pioneering efforts to improve the surgical management of spinal injuries. In this article, we review the literature to present an overview of the remarkable evolution of spine surgery throughout classical antiquity. In particular, we discuss the contributions of Paulus to this corpus and explore his classic 7-book anthology, Epitomoe Medicae Libri Septem (Medical Compendium in Seven Books). In reviewing Paulus' legacy, we show the significant milestones in the early development of anatomic and functional knowledge of the spine.

Item ID: 67389
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1878-8769
Keywords: Anatomy, History, Paulus of Aegina, Spinal injuries, Spine surgery, Spine trauma
Copyright Information: © 2019 Elsevier Inc.
Date Deposited: 05 May 2021 04:59
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430310 Global and world history @ 70%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320226 Surgery @ 15%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3209 Neurosciences > 320999 Neurosciences not elsewhere classified @ 15%
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