Historical vignette - Dominique Anel: Father of the hunterian ligation?

Chris A. Sloffer, Giuseppe Lanzino

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On December 12, 1785, the famous British surgeon John Hunter ligated an artery that was feeding a popliteal aneurysm. During the procedure he ligated only the proximal side of the artery and left the aneurysm sac untouched. This is frequently viewed as a landmark event in the history of surgery. There is considerable evidence, however, that another surgeon, Dominique Anel, performed a substantially similar procedure more than 75 years earlier. It is possible that the weight Hunter's name has borne in the history of surgery has led to the procedure's bearing his name rather than that of the lesser known Anel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)626-629
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Dominique Anel
  • History of medicine
  • John Hunter
  • Popliteal aneurysm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • General Neuroscience


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