Sensational book that I had trouble putting down. The gore and gruesomeness of parts might be off putting to some but they set context beautifully within the story. Lister’s considerable achievements are set within his life problems and failures which makes the story all the more interesting. While interested in medicine past and present I haven’t done a lot of reading around medical history for a while. This is the book that changes that.
I let out a whispered, yet audible "nooooo" when I saw the word "Epilogue". Beautiful, technical writing that's still accessible to the layman. I plan on writing a far more eloquent letter of thanks to Lindsey Fitzharris, Also thanks to previous reviewer, Rosie McClure - there's a YouTube serious?!
This biography on Joseph Lister is an incredibly researched and detailed account of the origins of antiseptic procedures in medicine, which transformed the medical world and saved millions of lives. The author has penned a vivid, nuanced and intriguing landscape of Victorian medicine.
historical-places-events, medical, horror, nonfiction, surgery, infections ---------- If you thought battlefield surgery was brutal long before the present, hospital surgery and care was just as horrendous. In detailing the influences and motivations of the most influential doctor of the 19th century with regards to sepsis and antisepsis the reader is immersed in the horrors that comprised the hospital care of the day. If one is naive enough to believe that nosocomial infections are only a product of careless use of antibiotics today, this will set the record straight. It was a hard-won victory to convince such a hide bound profession to accept as truth what the microscope proved. Along the way the reader is given a glimpse of the judicial system and the horrors of the industrial revolution. Extremely well researched and graphically written. Two disclaimers: I have been a RN since 1968. Also, I had originally requested and received a free review copy via NetGalley, but was unable to sight read it. Recently I bought an audio copy and feel that Ralph Lister gave an exceptional audio performance as narrator. I also feel that his British accent is a definite plus.
Absolutely amazing book! Not usually a history lover but Dr Fitzharris has written her book in such a way that I didn’t want it to end! As a fan of her YouTube series ‘Under the Knife’ and a medical student myself, it was a perfect way to learn more about the history of medicine. Definitely recommending it to anyone I know!
It was great to hear the story of Joseph Lister, his family and all his contributions to medicine and surgery. Beautifully narrated, and well written. I'm only sad about the short length - I really didn't want the story to end.