The Knife Man
WINNER OF THE MEDICAL JOURNALISTS' OPEN BOOK AWARD 2005
Revered and feared in equal measure, John Hunter was the most famous surgeon of eighteenth-century London. Rich or poor, aristocrat or human freak, suffering Georgians knew that Hunter's skills might well save their lives but if he failed, their corpses could end up on his dissecting table, their bones and organs destined for display in his remarkable, macabre museum.
Maverick medical pioneer, adored teacher, brilliant naturalist, Hunter was a key figure of the Enlightenment who transformed surgery, advanced biological understanding and even anticipated the evolutionary theories of Darwin. He provided inspiration both for Dr Jekyll and Dr Dolittle. But the extremes to which he went to pursue his scientific mission raised question marks then as now.
John Hunter's extraordinary world comes to life in this remarkable, award-winning biography written by a wonderful new talent.
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Review: The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching, and the Birth of Modern SurgeryUser Review - Mary Ann - Goodreads
You've probably never heard of John Hunter, but if you've ever had (and survived!) surgery, if you've ever been to the dentist, or if you've ever taken your pet to the veterinarian, you owe him some ... Read full review
Review: The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching, and the Birth of Modern SurgeryUser Review - Vanessa - Goodreads
Absolutely fascinating. Read full review