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The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by [Lindsey Fitzharris]
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The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine Kindle Edition

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Lindsey Fitzharris has a PhD in the history of science and medicine from the University of Oxford. She is the creator of the popular website The Chirurgeon's Apprentice, and is the writer and presenter of the YouTube series Under the Knife. She writes for The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Lancet, and New Scientist. Visit her website at www.drlindseyfitzharris.com, follow her on Twitter at @DrLindseyFitz, and find her on Instagram at @drlindseyfitzharris.

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'The Butchering Art is a brilliant and gripping account of the almost unimaginable horrors of surgery and post-operative infection before Joseph Lister transformed it all with his invention of antisepsis. It is the story of one of the truly great men of medicine and of the triumph of humane scientific method and dogged persistence over dogmatic ignorance' Henry Marsh, bestselling author of Do No Harm and Admissions

'In The Butchering Art, Lindsey Fitzharris becomes our Dante, leading us through the macabre hell of nineteenth-century surgery. With gusto, Dr. Fitzharris takes us into the operating 'theatres' of yore, as Lister awakens to the true nature of the killer that turned so many surgeries into little more than slow-moving executions. Warning: She spares no detail!' Erik Larson, bestselling author of Dead Wake and The Devil in the White City

'Medical history at its most visceral and vivid. It will make you forever grateful to Joseph Lister, and to Lindsey Fitzharris, who brings to life the harrowing and deadly sights, smells, and sounds of a nineteenth-century hospital' Caitlin Doughty, bestselling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and From Here to Eternity


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3.0 out of 5 stars Abruptly ends 35 years before Lister dies - leaving key questions unanswered.
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