The Butchering Art

Lindsey Fitzharris

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In The Butchering Art, Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of nineteenth-century surgery on the eve of profound transformation. As surgeons put on their blood-streaked aprons and aligned their instruments, hundreds of men would crowd into a dirty operating theater, ready to be enthralled by the spectacle, In a time before anesthesia, surgeons were lauded for their speed and brute strength-surgery was a show. But no matter how quick the operation, the mortality rate for patients was just as high as ever. Surgeons were baffled by the mysterious ailments that claimed the lives of their patients, until an unlikely figure stepped forward: a young, melancholy Quaker surgeon named Joseph Lister, who would solve the deadly riddle and change the course of history. Fitzharris dramatically reconstructs Lister's career path in gripping detail, culminating in his audacious claim that germs were the source of all infection-and could he countered by antiseptics, Eerie and illuminating. The Butchering Art celebrates the triumph of a visionary surgeon whose quest to unite science and medicine delivered us into the modern world. Book jacket.

ISBN: 9780241262498
Publication Date: 17-Oct-2017
Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited