Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Royal College of Surgeons

  • James Syme, the Napoleon of surgery (1799–1870)

    James Syme, by John Adamson. Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1855. James Syme was born in Edinburgh in the year when Napoleon became First Consul, and in later years came to be called the Napoleon or Wellington of surgery.1-6 As a young man he had an interest in chemistry and at age eighteen developed a method…

  • Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, 600 years of history

    Rosa Monteserín Nadal Eap Sardenya, Barcelona, Spain    Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau The Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona is the oldest hospital in Spain. It was founded in 1401, after a pest plague and famine caused six medieval hospitals in Barcelona to merge and form the…