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Blood and Guts: A History of Surgery Paperback – 4 Feb 2016
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"Blood and Guts is an excellent history of surgery... a highly readable book, full of gripping anedcotes" (Irish Mail on Sunday)
About the Author
Richard Hollingham is a writer, journalist and BBC radio presenter. He has written and presented a number of BBC radio series on science, the environment and international politics. A former senior producer on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Richard is also a frequent contributor to From Our Own Correspondent. His popular science book How to Clone the Perfect Blonde, co-authored with Sue Nelson, was longlisted for the coveted Aventis Science Prize in 2004.
Michael Mosley is an award-winning BBC producer. As the presenter of the highly acclaimed BBC series Medical Mavericks he experimented on himself to demonstrate the revolutionary new techniques of medical pioneers. He is the presenter of Blood and Guts: a History of Surgery.
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There are plenty of fascinating facts to discover. I was astonished to find that the first successful operation on a heart was performed in Germany in 1896. The terrible pain suffered by victims of surgery before the advent of ether and chloroform is unimaginable today, when even a toothache can make us wish we were dead. All surgical patients today have to thank their lucky stars for the great strides that have been made in the past 150 years.
The title is very opportune, as perhaps few people know a surgeon needs to be a trained professional, but also a daring one. If not, and if he's a timid or coward person, it's not uncommon in real surgery a bad physician to abandon an unfinished intervention, retire from the operating room or suffer an anxiety crisis and the work then must be finished by another surgeon. A real bad thing.
For me the more interesting is the biography of Harvey Cushing, pioneer in neurosurgery. It's not uncommon such dedicate medical men to seem hard and insensible to others, as his work is practically the whole life for this class of persons. Worth from beginning to end and without the usual stupidities of today telefilms and fashion Hollywood surgeons and physicians. Perhaps it lacks that lobotomies were conceived effectively by Portuguese Dr. Egas Moniz, but mostly performed in practice by his colleague Almeida Lima.
Still, I enjoyed the read and made me grateful for the advances made in operative pain relief.
A short review but if you want an interesting book on the history of surgery then this is for you, although it is not complete it does have good list at the back for more reading.