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Sir William Arbuthnot Lane - bibliography

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Scottish surgeon, born 1856, Fort George, Scotland; died 1943.


  • Manual of operative surgery. London, 1886.
  • Antrectomy as a treatment for chronic purulent otitis media.
    Archives of Otology, New York, 1892, 21: 118-124.
    Masteoidectomy for the efficient drainage of the results of middle ear suppuration.
  • A method of treating simple oblique fractures of the tibia and fibula more efficient than those in common use.
    Transactions of the Clinical Society of London, 1894, 27: 167-175.
    Lane’s method of “osteo-synthesis” in the treatment of fractures – the perfect re-apposition of the afected parts by means of operative intervention.
  • Clinical remarks on the operative treatment of fractures.
    British Medical Journal, 1907, 1: 1037-1038.
    Lane’s plates and screws for union of fractures.
  • The operative treatment of chronic constipation.
    London, J. Nisbet, 1909; 4th edition, 1918.
    Lane’s operation for chronic intestinal stasis – Lane’s kink – consisted in short-circuiting the intestine.
  • Cleft palate and hare lip. London; 3. Edition, 1916.
  • Blazing the health trail. London, 1929.
  • Wm Wale:
    Bibliography of the published writings (1883-1912) of Sir William Arbuthnot Lane. 1914.
  • Ann Dally:
    Fantasy Surgery, 1880-1930: With special reference to Sir William Arbuthnot Lane.
    Amsterdam/Atlanta, Georgia, 1996.
    The availability of safer surgery at the end of the nineteenth century led to an increase in operations for diseases’ that existed only in the minds of the doctors and their patients. This volume analyses the theories behind this ‘fantasy surgery’ and the motives of those who performed the operations.

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