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Edwin Hartley Pratt (1849–1930)

Author of Orificial surgery

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Edwin Hartley Pratt (1849–1930) was a homeopathic surgeon, and founder of the discipline of "orificial surgery," which argued that most illnesses were due to failings in the sympathetic nervous system which could be corrected through surgery of one or more orifices. Pratt studied at Shimer College, Wheaton College, and the first University of Chicago, and obtained his MD from Hahnemann Medical College. After ten years in general practice, he began to specialize in surgery, making the first public presentation of his ideas on orificial surgery in 1886. Pratt served for 20 years as attending surgeon for the Cook County Hospital, and also founded his own institute, the Lincoln Park Sanitarium. His ideas were extremely popular for a time, but fell into general disrepute in the early 20th century. (from Shimer College Wiki)
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