Praising his surgeon, single-handed

Posted on 2nd August 2012 by simonbeattie

Who’d have thought it…?  This extraordinary (and rare) poem, from 1751, was written in honour of an amputation performed by Jean-Nicolas Moreau, for over 40 years chief surgeon at the Hôtel-Dieu.  Le Roy, a lawyer, praises Moreau for removing his lower arm, which was shattered in a hunting accident, recounting the process in some (rather gory) detail.  The end of the poem describes a new gun Le Roy has commissioned from the Royal Gunsmith and the first time he used it, on a wild boar.  He duly presents the fillet and the right trotter to Moreau.

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2 responses to “Praising his surgeon, single-handed”

  1. Betty Auman says:

    How delightfully bizarre! And I love the idea of presenting him with the boar he then killed. Presumably it was not his “primary” arm that was amputated.

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