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SURGERY, med. jur. That part of the healing art which relates to external diseases; their treatment; and, specially, to the manual operations adopted for their cure.
     2. Every lawyer should have some acquaintance with surgery; his knowledge on this subject will be found useful in cases of homicide and wounds.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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(The insight that various deviations from gender "normality"--such as drag, transsexual surgery, demands by intersexed people for gender reassignment, etc.--are often transgressive and accommodative at the same time has, of course, been a hallmark of Judith Butler's work.)