The Butchering Art : Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
by Lindsey Fitzharris
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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DAILY MAIL, THE GUARANTEE AND OBSERVER OF THE BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2017′ Gloriously thrilling[Fitzharris] has an eye for morbid, visceral detail, imagery and potential comic strip potentialWendy Moore, GuardianThe story of a visionary British surgeon whose quest to unite science and medicine has given us in the modern world – the surest moment to be alive in human life historyIn The Cutting Out of Art, historian of L’ Art, Lister’s story, Lister is a man of the world.Victorian’s exploitation of theatres were known as the “gates of death”, Fitzharris reminds us, since half of those who underwent surgery did not survive the experience.This was a time when a broken leg could lead to amputation, when surgeons often did not have to university degrees, and which were always known at the trashing of cemeteries to find corpses.Although the discovery of anesthesia slightly reduces the misery for patients, irony of fate, leads to more and more deaths, that surgeons have taken more risks.In the sordid, overcrowded hospitals, doctors have remained puzzled by persistent infections that have kept mortality rates high.At a time when surgery could not have been more dangerous, unlikely that the figure came forward: Joseph Lister, a young man, melancholy, Quaker surgeonBy daring to pretend that germs were the source of infection and can be treated with antiseptics – it changed the history of medicine forever.With a novelist’s eye for detail, Fitzharris brilliantly evokes the ugly world of the Victorian era surgery, revealing how one of Great Britain’s greatest medical minds finally put centuries of barbarity, sawing and gangrene to the end
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