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Honour and subsistence: invention, credit and surgery in the nineteenth century

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The origins of contemporary exclusion of surgical methods from patenting lie in the complexities of managing credit claims in operative surgery, recognized in the nineteenth century. While surgical methods were not deemed patentable, surgeons were nevertheless embedded within patent culture. In an atmosphere of heightened awareness about the importance of ‘inventors’, how surgeons should be recognized and rewarded for their inventions was an important question. I examine an episode during the...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1017/S0007087416001126

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Department:
St Antonys College
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
British Journal for the History of Science Journal website
Volume:
49
Issue:
4
Pages:
561-576
Publication date:
2016-11-25
Acceptance date:
2016-09-29
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EISSN:
1474-001X
ISSN:
0007-0874
Pubs id:
pubs:664089
URN:
uri:884c94a5-1dfb-4dc1-b099-e8c52869e503
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uuid:884c94a5-1dfb-4dc1-b099-e8c52869e503
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pubs:664089

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