Chirurgia magna (Great Surgery) (complete title: Inventarium sive chirurgia magna), completed in 1363, is a guide to surgery and practical medicine. Its title indicates that it is a reference for surgery (chirurgia). Guy de Chauliac, Pope Clement VI's attending physician, compiled the information from his own field experience and research of historical medical texts. The original text is 465 pages in Latin. This work became one of the most important reference manuals of practical medicine for the next three centuries.
The physician and bibliophile Tibulle Desbarreaux-Bernard (1798–1800) believed that the Chirurgia magna was originally written in Catalan at the medical school in Montpellier, and that the Latin text is an early translation.
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- Trueta, Joseph (1946). The Spirit of Catalonia. Oxford University Press.
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