Title : Eponyms in hernia surgery
The saying goes “The history of hernia repair is the history of surgery”. The history of open surgery for groin hernia has gone through many stages of development starting from the Romans, Greeks and the Egyptians. Starting from the use of trusses, taxis for strangulation and routine excision of the genitals came the dark middle Ages, which have been described by historians as a period of surgery in eclipse and centuries of ignorance. During Renaissance, new surgical knowledge flourished and the foundation of herniology was begun. Hernia surgery saw an upstroke in the late 19th century with initial descriptions by Marcy and Bassini. My paper is a historical recollection on the various controversies, incidents and achievements in the world of hernia. Starting from Marcy Versus Bassini- Who is better, to Halsted's, shouldice and MacVay's repair, then beginning of era of mesh, to controversies of where to put in mesh and finally to no mesh repair, I have it all here.