History of Haemostasis in Surgery

Gennaro Rispoli, Corrado Rispoli


Haemostasis is an essential act in surgical procedures. Technical, physical and chemical devices' improvement in haemostasis is joined to the historical evolution of surgery. In ancient times Haemostasis had also a magic and religious value. Simple but effective manoeuvres developed by medicine-men and barber-surgeons are used to control bleeding. Often their original intuitions anticipated scientific discoveries. Ancient haemostatic instruments and the way to use them represent the heritage of old and famous surgeons; some of these procedures are still used in operating rooms.


Key words: Haemostasis - Bleeding - History of surgery

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