After more than a century, the Golden Age of General Surgery met its demise. The final decades of the twentieth century encompass the last years of general surgery as it is kwn. A modern, techlogically advanced era of specialised medicine, loss of apprenticeship, and changes in the continuity of patient care contributed to the end of general surgery's golden age, which lasted from 1870 to 2000. Author and surgeon Keith Maybury states, General surgery flourished throughout the late 1960s and 1970s when I was training. By 2000, the role of the general surgeon was gone, replaced by several surgeons following a much shorter training period, within very specialised areas of practise. Maybury's TheEnd of the Golden Age of General Surgery 1870-2000 offers firsthand accounts and insights into the declining years of the general surgery era, from Maybury's days as a young medical student to his retirement as a consultant surgeon at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary. Explore the origins of general surgery as Maybury chronicles its final years, when the artistry and science of general surgery was eclipsed by the rapid evolution of medicine and the advent of modern techlogy.
Keith Maybury wanted to be a surgeon from age eleven. Raised in Uganda, he attended school in the United Kingdom at the King's School, Canterbury, before enrolling as a medical student at Pembroke College, in Oxford. After clinical training at St. Thomas' Hospital, in London, he worked as a surgeon in several hospitals including Middlesex Hospital, where he served as Wellcome Trust Research Fellow and a surgical registrar. He later became a lecturer in surgery at Leicester University and in 1980 was appointed consultant surgeon in general and vascular surgery at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, in Wigan. He also is a founding director of Independent British Hospitals. Maybury is an amateur botanist and served as chairman of Chester Zoo. He is married with two sons and six grandchildren.