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Season 16 Episode 1

Pioneers of Surgery: The Brutal Craft

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 06, 1988 on PBS
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Pioneers of Surgery: The Brutal Craft
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In the first part of this NOVA series on surgery, the focus is on the tools of the trade. The episode explores the developments that make surgery more hygienic and comfortable for the patient, including carbolic acid's function as an antiseptic agent, the importance of sterilizing surgical tools and the origins of anesthesia.moreless

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