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  • ISBN: 9780312575465
  • ISBN: 0312575467
  • ISBN: 9781250057730
  • ISBN: 1250057736
  • ISBN: 9781407024530
  • ISBN: 1407024531
  • ISBN: 9781429987325
  • ISBN: 1429987324
  • Physical Description: print
    319 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, ... Read More

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"Published to accompany the BBC television series Blood and Guts, first broadcast on BBC2 in ... Read More
"First published in Great Britain by BBC Books, an imprint of Ebury Publishing, a Random House Group ... Read More
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Bloody beginnings -- Affairs of the heart -- Dead ... Read More
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Surveys surgical history, including Robert ... Read More
Subject: Surgery History
Medical errors History
General Surgery history
Medical Errors history

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Blood and Guts : A History of Surgery
Blood and Guts : A History of Surgery
by Hollingham, Richard
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Glove up and dive in to what Hollingham describes as a "whistle-stop tour" of a gruesome and fascinating field. The BBC journalist and author (How to Clone the Perfect Blonde) is a deft storyteller who probably never met a dry fact he couldn't infuse with juicy detail. But there's more here than the drive, energy and bravery of medical pioneers, both doctors and patients, from Galen treating gladiators in the second century B.C.E. to Stuart Carter, the first person to have electrical brain implants to treat Parkinson's disease. Hollingham gives us a tribute not only to saving lives but to making them better. Still, it's the missteps that remind us of the human fallibility of even the greatest doctors. "[Robert] Liston's operations were messy, bloody and traumatic," Hollingham writes of Britain's most famous 19th-century surgeon, describing a procedure in which Liston accidentally lopped off an assistant's fingers. "The patient died of infection, as did the assistant, and an observer died of shock. It was the only operation in surgical history with a 300 percent mortality rate." What better medical history than one that recounts both successes and failures with honesty and gratitude. 16 pages of b&w photos. (Dec. 8) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Blood and Guts : A History of Surgery
by Hollingham, Richard
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Trained as a physician, British science journalist Hollingham (How To Clone the Perfect Blonde) discusses the developments that made surgery and survival from surgery possible. These include a developed understanding of anatomy and advances in anesthesia and antiseptic techniques. He also focuses on the development of heart surgery, organ transplantation, plastic surgery, and neurosurgery. Hollingham tells his story through brief biographies of operating room heroes and villains. Readers will cringe at tales of doctors who resisted Ignaz Semmelweiss and Joseph Lister's antiseptic measures that demonstrably saved lives in maternity and surgical wards or the knife-happy Walter Freeman who performed countless lobotomies from 1946 to 1960. Uplifting stories include the imagination and determination of the first heart surgeons, the compassionate British physician who advanced plastic surgery for the wounded of World War I, and the dedicated researchers who still struggle to perfect organ transplants and cures for brain-based diseases. Verdict This is a lively and provocative history of surgical advances that will make each reader grateful to be alive in the 21st century. A helpful time line and suggestions for further reading are appended.-Kathy Arsenault, St. Petersburg, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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