Petrus Camper: A history and overview of the clinical importance of Camper's fascia in surgical anatomy

Asma Mian, Frederic Bertino, Erik Shipley, Mohammadali Mohajel Shoja, R. Shane Tubbs, Marios Loukas

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Abstract

Petrus Camper's contributions to modern anatomical science include descriptions of the foot, upper limb, axilla, and inguinal region. His explanation of the etiology of inguinal hernias revolutionized the surgical practice of their repair. Camper's description of abdominal anatomy was an invaluable contribution to the field of abdominal surgery. Current research reviewed in this article shows the importance of understanding the layers of the abdominal wall, notably Camper's fascia, the closure of which has been found to be vital to proper wound healing and patient recovery. This article begins with a biography of Petrus Camper and his research in the inguinal region. It continues with anatomical and histological descriptions of Camper's fascia and finishes with its clinical correlates in surgical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-544
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Anatomy
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • abdominal wall
  • facial angle
  • fascia approximation
  • inguinal hernia
  • surgical wound closure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Histology
  • Medicine(all)

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    Mian, A., Bertino, F., Shipley, E., Mohajel Shoja, M., Tubbs, R. S., & Loukas, M. (2014). Petrus Camper: A history and overview of the clinical importance of Camper's fascia in surgical anatomy. Clinical Anatomy, 27(4), 537-544. https://doi.org/10.1002/ca.22236