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The Butchering Art Joseph Lister's uest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine review à 103 ✓ In The Butchering Art the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of nineteenth century surgery on the eve of profound transformation She conjures up earT kept mortality rates stubbornly high At a time when surgery couldn't have been hazardous an unlikely figure stepped forward a young melancholy uaker surgeon named Joseph Lister who would solve the deadly riddle and change the course of historyFitzharris dramatically recounts Lister's discoveries in gripping detail culminating in his audacious claim that germs were the source of all infection and could be countered by antiseptics Focusing on the tumultuous period fro. 35 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 after they were sewn up either most patients soon died from hospital infections The development of anesthetics and antiseptic techniues helped to change all thatFitzharris opens with the vivid and rather gruesome scene of a mid thigh amputation performed by Robert Liston at University College Hospital in London in 1846 This surgery was different though it only took 28 seconds but the patient felt nothing thanks to the ether he had been administered He woke up a few minutes later asking when the procedure would begin In the audience that day was Joseph Lister who would become one of Britain’s most admired surgeons Lister came from a uaker family and after being educated at University College London started his career in Edinburgh Different to many medical professionals of the time he was fascinated by microscopy and determined to find out what caused deadly infections Carbolic acid and catgut ligatures were two of Lister’s main innovations that helped to fight infection In fact whether we realize it or not his legacy is forever associated with antiseptics Listerine mouthwash invented in 1879 is named after him and the Johnson brothers of Johnson Johnson fame started their business mass producing sterile surgical dressings after attending one of Lister’s lecturesMy interest tailed off a bit after the first third as the book starts going into depth about Lister’s work and personal life he married his boss’s daughter and moved from Edinburgh to Glasgow and then back to London However the best is yet to come the accounts of the surgeries he performed on his sister a mastectomy that bought her three years of life and ueen Victoria removing an orange sized abscess from under her arm are terrific The chapter on treating the ueen in secret at Balmoral Castle in 1871 was my overall favorite I was that kid who loved going to Civil War battlefields and medical museums and looking at all the different surgical saws and bullet fragments in museum cases so I reveled in the gory details here but was not as interested in the biographical material Do be sure you have a strong stomach before you try reading the prologue over a meal This is a comparable read to The Remedy about the search for a cure to tuberculosisOriginally published on my blog Bookish Beck

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M 1850 to 1875 she introduces us to Lister and his contemporaries some of them brilliant some outright criminal and takes us through the grimy medical schools and dreary hospitals where they learned their art the deadhouses where they studied anatomy and the graveyards they occasionally ransacked for cadaversEerie and illuminating The Butchering Art celebrates the triumph of a visionary surgeon whose uest to unite science and medicine delivered us into the modern worl. #5 out 12 for my non fiction goal for the yearSo 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 uackery by Lydia Kang and it amazes me the crazy shit these surgeons used to do to people I couldn't imagine being sick during this time period The medical field has definitely come a long way in such a short time Seems like I'm into history of medicine and the medical field I will probably pick up some books about this time period

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The Butchering Art Joseph Lister's uest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian MedicineIn The Butchering Art the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of nineteenth century surgery on the eve of profound transformation She conjures up early operating theaters no place for the sueamish and surgeons working before anesthesia who were lauded for their speed and brute strength These medical pioneers knew that the aftermath of surgery was often dangerous than their patients' afflictions and they were baffled by the persistent infections tha. 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 yearEven though I just read this I'm already rereading this In short This book really delves into the Victorian surgery practices and thanks to Joseph Lister for forever changing what we know about surgery today Seriously highlighted and now tabbing seems like half of the book So fascinating and well researched Looking through the hardback copy there is an index in the back and around 30 pages of notes on where the research came from I would recommend this to anyone interested in medical history science an amazing well researched biographyok nevermind I would recommend this to everyone Can't wait to see Dr Lindsey Fitzharris speak at the Winchester House on Oct 20 Also you can check out her Youtube channel all about past medical practices thank Dr Lindsey Fitzharris and Farrar Straus and Giroux enough for allowing me to read and review this book for an honest opinion through Netgalley