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Scottish surgeon, born November 7, 1799, Edinburgh (probably); died June 26, 1870, Millbank near Edinburgh.


  • Anatomical remarks on the fasciae of the groin.
    Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, 1824.
  • Remarks in the treatment of incised wounds.
    Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, 1825.
  • Description of an instrument for dilating the female urethra.
    Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, 1825.
  • Case of fractured femur, with inversion of the toes.
    Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, 1826.
  • Case of recovery after extensive exfoliation of the vertebra dentata.
    Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, 1826.
  • Excision of head of humerus for disease: recovery, with good use of arm.
    Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, 1826.
  • Case of obstruction in the arteries from an internal cause.
    Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, 1828.
  • Case of Osteo-Sarcoma of the lower Jaw.
    Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, 1828, 30: 286-290.
    Syme's operation of excision of the lower jaw for osteosarcoma.
  • Moveable cartilages in the bursa of the sartorius.
    Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, 1828.
  • Excision of the lower jaw for immense osteosarcoma, weight 4 ½ lbs., recovery. Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, 1828.
  • On the nature of inflammation.
    Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, 1828.
  • Case of aneurismal condition of the posterior auricular and temporal arteries. Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, 1829.
  • Three cases in which the elbow-joint was successfully excised; with some general observations on the treatment of caries.
    Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, 1829, 31: 256-266.
  • Quarterly report of the Edinburgh Surgical Hospital from . . .
    Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, 1829-1833.
  • Treatise on the Excision of Diseased Joints.
    Edinburgh, A. Black, 1831.
    In the above book Syme showed that excision of joints is usually preferably to amputation – a principle soon generally adopted.
  • The principles of surgery.
    Philadelphia, 1832 (16: 1831). 3rd edition, 1842; supplement, 1851.
    German translation in the Chirurgische Handbibliothek, 1842.
    The principles of surgery was published in the United States the same year as it was released in Scotland.
  • Case of spontaneous varicose aneurism. 1831 or 1832.
  • Fibro-cartilaginous tumour of the humerus: removal together with the arm and part of the scapula and clavicle: recovery. Paper, 1836.
  • On diseases of the rectum.
    1838. German translation by Ernst Blasius (1802-1875) and Adolf Moser (1810–), Berlin, 1839, in Analekten für Chirurgie.
  • Traumatic aneurism of the common carotid, successfully treated by incision and ligature above and below the aneurism. Edinburgh Medical Journal, 1857.
    In this paper Syme describes how he saved two persons, the aggressor and his victim.
  • On the use of ether in the performance of surgical operations.
    London and Edinburgh Monthly Journal of Medical Science, 1847-1848, 8: 73-76.
  • Contributions to the pathology and practice of surgery.
    Edinburgh, Sutherland & Knox; London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co, 1848.
    This work summarised Syme's professional contributions up to that time.
  • On stricture of the urethra and fistula in perineo. 1849.
    2nd edition, 1855, with appendix: Reclamation addressed by Mr. Syme to the Imperial Academy of Medicine of Paris, relative to the remarks of that body on the mode of treating obstinate strictures of the urethra.
  • Operation for ligature of internal iliac artery on account of aneurism of the gluteal.
    Edinburgh Medical Journal, 1861.
  • Case of iliac amorism.
    Medico-Chirurgical Transactions, 1862, 45: 381-387.
    Syme treated a case of iliac aneurysm by opening the sac and ligating the common iliac and the internal and external iliac arteries.
  • Operation on iliac aneurism by opening the sac and tying the afferent and efferent vessels. Edinburgh Medical Journal, 1862.
  • Operation for excision of tongue: recovery with speech.
    Edinburgh Medical Journal, 1864.
  • Excision of the scapula. 1864.
  • Ligature of the femoral artery for the thirty-fifth time, with remarks on the treatment of aneurism. 1866.
  • Illustrations of the antiseptic principle of treatment in surgery.
    British Medical Journal, 1868.
  • J. D. Comrie JD.
    A History of Scottish Medicine.
    2nd Edition.2 Volumes. London: Baillière, Tindall & Cox, 1932.

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