TIL the first surgery to establish surgery as a respectable branch of medicine was performed on King Louis XIV’s anal fistula


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Please listen to the Sawbones episode about this. It became en vogue to have (or pretend to have) an anal fistula bc the king did.

Better article mentioning this: The Sun King’s anal fistula

To all those who suffered from a fistula, the operation brought hope of a cure, and like everything else that the Sun King undertook, this also became fashionable in Versailles. The courtiers lined up to have the same procedure done, whether or not they had a fistula. Those with no fistula were turned away by the surgeons (9).

That’s something, at least…