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The development of vascular surgery in Brisbane: some reminiscences

H Reginald Magee
Med J Aust 2016; 205 (11): 506-508. || doi: 10.5694/mja16.00313
Published online: 12 December 2016

A former senior vascular surgeon remembers the progress of his specialty in Brisbane

Today, peripheral vascular surgery is regarded as a routine procedure, but this was not always so. Prior to its development, the description of a patient with arterial disease could sound like this: “… wasted, toxic, sleepless and exhausted, overwhelmed by that intense depression which only the active mind of an old person can suffer, [the patients] wait for the inevitable end — long overdue amputation.”

  • H Reginald Magee

  • Brisbane, QLD

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This article is based on a lecture I delivered at the Royal Brisbane Hospital festschrift for William Egerton on 8 October 1997. Data for the original lecture were obtained by personal communication with the surgeons mentioned.

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