The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching, and the Birth of Modern Surgery
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In an era when bloodletting was considered a cure for everything from colds to smallpox, surgeon John Hunter was a medical innovator, an eccentric, and the person to whom anyone who has ever had surgery probably owes his or her life. In this sensational and macabre story, we meet the surgeon who counted not only luminaries Benjamin Franklin, Lord Byron, Adam Smith, and Thomas Gainsborough among his patients but also “resurrection men” among his close acquaintances. A captivating portrait of his ruthless devotion to uncovering the secrets of the human body, and the extraordinary lengths to which he went to do so—including body snatching, performing pioneering medical experiments, and infecting himself with venereal disease—this rich historical narrative at last acknowledges this fascinating man and the debt we owe him today.
. In an age when ancient notions of bodily humors still smothered medical thinking, Hunter challenged orthodoxy whenever facts were absent—which was usually the case. Yet he was also an early adherent of medical minimalism, shunning bloodletting by default and advocating physical therapy over invasive surgeries. With ample servings of 18th-century filth and gore, Moore offers a vivid look at this remarkable period in science history, when many of the most impressive advances were made by relentless iconoclasts like Hunter. Born in Scotland in 1728, he followed his brother, a renowned physician, to London and into the intellectually grasping, fiercely competitive world of professional medicine. All rights reserved. This is a deftly written and informative tale that will please readers of science history, period buffs and everyone in b
A Bed Time Read? Kindle Customer Body snatchers, cadavers, surgery, I didn't think I could/would curl up and read this kind of book. Like exploring a deep cave, I cautiously started reading the book and before I knew it, I had already wandered far beyond the book's entrance and became totally absorbed in Wendy Moore's book. Excellent book about the early efforts in surgery. Albeit I occasionally grimaced from reading about doing surgery without anesthesia.I truly enjoyed the book. Recommend this book to anyone with a curiosity about surgery in the early days.. "Just a great book; well written and interesting" according to Joe Bee. I truly enjoyed reading this book. Full of historical references to demonstrate the primitiveness of medicine during that epoch. Were it not for pioneers like John Hunter where would human anatomy be?. Wonderful book-not for the squeamish! Fantastic book. I loved it and could hardly put it down. So informative. Not for the squeamish, though! The details medical practices of that time were fascinating but grotesque.