As the father of modern surgery and surgeon to four kings, Pare spent three decades accompanying French armies on their campaigns. This work contains a history of those battles, and a selection of surgical writings. These include wounds, amputations (ligature of arteries instead of cauterization), fractures, and cutting for stone.
Written in 1908, this book addresses the underlying pathophysiology of cardiac symptoms and their prognostic significance. Mackenzie was a Scottish cardiologist, who studied arrhythmias and demonstrated the efficacy of digitalis in treatment.