Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Guilhemus Fabricius Hildanus

  • Fabricius Hildanus – father of German surgery

    In sixteenth century Europe poor people seeking treatment for their ailments would often first consult a wise woman or, strange to say, even the local hangman.1 The next step up the therapeutic ladder might have been a barber-surgeon, who limited himself Figaro-like to shaving, cutting hair, trimming beards, lancing boils, and blood-letting. Other barber-surgeons extended…