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Plast Reconstr Surg. 1986 May;77(5):850-3.

Cleft lip surgery in Anglo-Saxon Britain: the Leech Book (circa A.D. 920).


The Leech Book, the oldest known Anglo-Saxon herbarium, probably written in Winchester, circa A.D. 920, by Cyril Bald or at his special request, contains a short chapter on the surgical treatment of the cleft lip; this chapter apparently represents the first record in a medical manuscript of this treatment. The original Anglo-Saxon text is presented together with transcriptions into more modern English. The general value of the Leech Book is briefly studied.

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