Teatri anatomici stipati di studenti e curiosi, il tavolo operatorio incrostato del sangue di interventi passati, il lezzo inconfondibile di carne putrefatta: nel XIX secolo assistere a un'operazione chirurgica non era cosa per deboli di stomaco. "L'arte del macello" rievoca un periodo della storia della medicina in cui anche una ferita lieve poteva portare a una morte orribile. I chirurghi, elogiati per la forza bruta e la velocità di esecuzione, raramente si lavavano le mani, il camice o ripulivano gli strumenti. Ancor più delle patologie dei pazienti, a essere mortali erano le infezioni postoperatorie, che i medici non sapevano sconfiggere. In un tempo in cui la chirurgia non avrebbe potuto essere più pericolosa, un giovane chirurgo quacchero di nome Joseph Lister osò sfidare i contemporanei affermando che i germi erano la causa di ogni infezione e che potevano essere trattati con un antisettico. E così facendo cambiò per sempre la storia della medicina, portandoci dritti nel mondo moderno.
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The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris is a 2017 Scientific American/Farrar Straus and Giroux publication. Ghastly, but fascinating! In 1846, as surgery became more frequent, deaths occurred more often as well, due to seps
Joseph Lister started out as a quiet, self-effacing surgical student, who became one of the most important men in the history of the art. With the help and support of his Quaker father, he began his studies at University College London. Not content with being an ordinary surgeon, Lister wanted to wo Leggi tutto
Dr. Joseph Lister became a surgeon in a time in which Germ Theory was considered "Fake News". 19th Century surgery was crude, bloody, painful, and almost always fatal. 19th Century surgery was barbaric. Hospitals were commonly known as death houses and something to be avoided if you had any money. S Leggi tutto
My hardback copy is here! I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of this through NetGalley, and seriously, the second I finished it, I went and preordered it. This is one of the best and my favorite books of the year! Even though I just read this, I'm already rereading this. In short, This book rea Leggi tutto
(3.5) Surgery was a gory business with a notably high fatality rate well into the nineteenth century. Surgeons had the fastest hands in the West, but their victims were still guaranteed at least a few minutes of utter agony as they had a limb amputated or a tumor removed, and the danger wasn’t over Leggi tutto
It’s no secret that I love learning about the Victorian period, so hearing about the progression of Victorian hospitals from smelly and disgusting places where surgeons didn’t even clean their aprons or instruments between patients to the discovery of microorganisms and the introduction of antisepti Leggi tutto
If about to go into Hospital for big emergency operation & you are really shitting bricks? Congestions you have chosen the perfect bedside read if wore not scared before then just what you need to put you at your easy . A book about what happened to be in the 19th century theatres 'the gateways to De Leggi tutto
Uno de los libros más interesantes que leí en el año. No es solo su aspecto más visceral y grotesco, es la evolución de las prácticas quirúrgicas y la incorporación de la antisepsia, algo revolucionario que, gracias a Lister, salvó la vida de millones de personas, y lo sigue haciendo. Muy recomendad Leggi tutto
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#5 out 12 for my non fiction goal for the year So far I've been on track with reading one non-fiction book per month. Let's hope I can keep this up! This was really good. I read a similar book called Quackery by Lydia Kang and it amazes me the crazy shit these surgeons used to do to people. I couldn' Leggi tutto
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