- Peter Murray Jones
Arderne, John (b. 1307/8, d. in or after 1377), surgeon and author, was the most important English person in his field before the seventeenth century. He made considerable claims for the originality of his surgical technique, although allowance must be made for his gift for self-publicity. What is learned from his works is enough to show not only that he was a highly paid and respected surgeon, but also that his writing is unique in its insights into the practical realities of medieval surgery. Unlike other surgical authors he reveals not only the surgery that was taught and transmitted in writing, but also what was actually done face-to-face with the patient. Unfortunately there are no records or other independent testimony revealing his life and career; what is known about him is known through his writings....