The Knife Man Blood Body Snatching and the Birth of Modern Surgery Pdf epub by Wendy Moore – eBook or Kindle ePUB

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Body and the extraordinary lengths to which he went to do so including body snatching performing pioneering medical experiments and infecting himself with venereal disease this rich historical narrative at last acknowledges this fascinating man and the debt we owe him today. An excellent combination of a compelling narrative of a most influential scientist with the evolution of the practice of surgery and medical science Ms Moore has artfully told the store of John Hunter and his rise from the son of a Scottish farmer to a pioneer in medical and anthropological studies While there are many extremely graphic scenes conveyed to the reader they are necessary to gain the appreciation of how barbaric some of the acceptable practices in medicine were at the time This is not a book for the faint of heart but is a book for anyone interested in how John Hunter influenced so many of the future generations of medical experts that have been a part of understanding and providing breakthroughs in healthcare over the last 200 years The field of forensic science dentistry anthropology geology and zoology to name a few all have a link back to the years of research conducted by John Hunter The last two lines of the book sums it up nicely by William Clift who said From the beginning I fancied without being able to account for it that nobody about Mr Hunter seemed capable of appreciating him He seemed to me to have lived before his time and to have died before he was sufficiently understood

REVIEW The Knife Man Blood Body Snatching and the Birth of Modern Surgery

The Knife Man Blood Body Snatching and the Birth of Modern Surgery

The surgeon who counted not only luminaries Benjamin Franklin Lord Byron Adam Smith and Thomas Gainsborough among his patients but also “resurrection men” among his close acuaintances A captivating portrait of his ruthless devotion to uncovering the secrets of the human. A very engaging biography of a fascinating figure despite being largely self educated John Hunter was an intellectual giant who pioneered experimental surgery and applied the scientific method to medicine in a time when most doctors put stock in ancient texts than verifiable observations Hunter extensively studied the anatomy of humans and animals through thousands of dissections and even seems to have been moving toward his own theory of evolution though his writings on the subject were not published during his lifetime 1728 1793 By modern standards Hunter seems both enlightened advocating restraint in surgery and letting the body heal itself instead if it could battlefield surgery in particular was so primitive it often made conditions worse and cruel animal vivisection and seeking out unusual bodies of people who definitely did not want to be dissected which unfortunately for medicine at the time was almost everyone By the standards of his own time too he was polarizing wildly popular among the hundreds of students whose educations he made a priority but hated by many of his colleagues for being brusue and dismissiveAll around Hunter was a colorful figure with an interesting life and he s given very sympathetic treatment here I do wonder as sometimes happens in biographies if the author overstates the importance of her subject to history or the prescience of some of his speculations But her facts seem very well supported in which case Hunter s contributions have been sadly under discussed Overall I found this book very readable engaging and informative and it paints a vivid picture of the timesA note for the sueamish I am sueamish and was a little concerned to read this based on comments in a few reviews but I actually didn t find it that bad Early on a couple of surgical procedures are described somewhat explicitly but the book is much about Hunter s life than about surgical methods Where his work is described I didn t find it overly gory but then I did go in expecting the worst

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In an era when bloodletting was considered a cure for everything from colds to smallpox surgeon John Hunter was a medical innovator an eccentric and the person to whom anyone who has ever had surgery probably owes his or her life In this sensational and macabre story we meet. Year is 1785 and one of the first patients to see Mr Hunter had a tumor the size of a bowling ball on the side of his head Fortunately it was benign The tumor was so large no other surgeon would operate except John Hunter Thus 25 minutes later patient Burley left with a little scar sans 9 lb useless appendage that Hunter had expertly evacuated Surgeon John Hunter was the youngest of ten children Hunter used the scientific method in his practices and thus demonstrated the interconnectedness of all life Many accolades including his marriage to a poet patient King George III and the Copley medal win John Hunter was driven by tireless curiosity and a compulsion to improve the surgery he had witnessed in hospitals He came to be admired by patients and medical students Wendy Moore In the 1700 s the medical community had no idea of germs and hand washing prepost surgery Surgical instruments were encrusted with pus and remnants from the previous surgery Blood loss and infection was the causality for death Surgery in the late 1700 s was for the brave and was not illuminated as we find most surgical theatres now Book is not for the prudish Superb Buy learn and discuss


10 thoughts on “The Knife Man Blood Body Snatching and the Birth of Modern Surgery

  1. says:

    Year is 1785 and one of the first patients to see Mr Hunter had a tumor the size of a bowling ball on the side of his head Fortunately it was benign The tumor was so large no other surgeon would operate except John Hunter Thus 25 minutes later patient Burley left with a little scar sans 9 lb useless appendage that Hunter had expertly evacuated Surgeon John Hunter was the youngest of ten children Hunter used the scientifi

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    Trigger warnings lots and lots of medical stuff and anatomy and dissection and weird experiments on animals that end in them dying So this is a

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    Terrible title that makes it sound like a bio of Jack the Ripper’s cutlery obsessed sidekick but an utterly fas

  4. says:

    John Hunter rose from a poor Scottish farming family to become one of the leading men of science and medicine His courage he inserted

  5. says:

    A book that makes you grateful to experience medicine as it is TODAY35 StarsI’m a huge fan of medical non fiction and the history of medicine so naturally I gravitated toward this title I will say this wasn’t my favorite that I’ve read

  6. says:

    A very engaging biography of a fascinating figure despite being largely self educated John Hunter was an intellectual giant who pioneered experimental surgery and applied the scientific method to medicine in a time when most doctors put stock i

  7. says:

    An excellent combination of a compelling narrative of a most influential scientist with the evolution of the practice of surgery and medical science Ms Moore has artfully told the store of John Hunter and his rise from the son of a Scottish farmer to a pioneer in medical and anthropological studies While there are many extremely graphic sce

  8. says:

    Another great nonfiction book recommended to me by Goodreads I thoroughly enjoyed the subject matter of the book

  9. says:

    Well I am at least underwhelmed The life of John Hunter is a really peculiar one He had changed the concept of surgical management and

  10. says:

    If you are at all interested in biology surgery the Enlightenment and aren't particularly sueamish do yourself a favor and read this one John H

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