Knife Man Blood, Body Snatching, and the Birth of Modern Surgery

ISBN-10: 0767916530
ISBN-13: 9780767916530
Edition: N/A
Authors: Wendy Moore
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 9/12/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 354
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

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.

The Coach Driver's Knee
The Dead Man's Arm
The Stout Man's Muscles
The Pregnant Woman's Womb
The Professor's Testicle
The Lizard's Tails
The Chimney Sweep's Teeth
The Debutante's Spots
The Surgeon's Penis
The Kangaroo's Skull
The Electric Eel's Peculiar Organs
The Chaplain's Neck
The Giant's Bones
The Poet's Foot
The Monkey's Skull
The Anatomist's Heart
Acknowledgments
Chronology
Key Sources
Notes
Index

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