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 - Cynthia Garza - Goodreads
Worthwhile book about an exceptional man, a major link in our western medicine advances. Moore kept the gore to a minimum and told science for a popu.ar audience. Thank you On a personal note, this ... Read full review
Review: The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching, and the Birth of Modern SurgeryUser Review - Wendy - Goodreads
If you are at all interested in biology, surgery, the Enlightenment, and aren't particularly squeamish, do yourself a favor and read this one. John Hunter, who plied his surgical trade in what we now ... Read full review