The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris

The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine

Longlist, 2018 PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science WritingA Top 10 Science Book of Fall 2017, Publishers WeeklyA The Guardian Best History Book of 2017"Warning: She spares no detail!" --Erik Larson, bestselling author of Dead Wake "Fascinating and shocking." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)The gripping story of how Joseph Lister's antiseptic method changed medicine...

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  • Roisin Cure
    A brother of mine had an advance copy of The Butchering Art and was going to send it to my daughter - his goddaughter - as she has a taste for the gory, and has expressed an interest in studying medicine. "Not so fast," I said, "I think I'll have that." So he sent it to me.Is there a word that is th...
  • Jamie
    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 year!Even though I just read this, I'm already rereading this. In short, This book rea...
  • Vintage274
    Medical history can be fascinating, especially when we realize how far we have come and so quickly. This book makes all too clear the threat to health of the nineteenth century when surgeons had no idea that germs caused infections and that simple sanitation could save lives. Detailed and interestin...
  • Book Riot Community
    When is it a better time to read a gruesome history of medicine than right before Halloween??? Fitzharris spares no details documenting Joseph Lister and his campaign to teach the medical profession that germs really existed. (Before Lister, doctors didn’t wash their hands or their medical inst...
  • Erin
    Dr. Joseph Lister became a surgeon in a time in which Germ Theory was considered "Fake News". 19th Century surgery was crude, bloody, painful, and almost always fatal. 19th Century surgery was barbaric. Hospitals were commonly known as death houses and something to be avoided if you had any money. S...
  • Michael Hicks
    My original The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.Whether or not you immediately recognize the name, Joseph Lister’s scientific crusade as a surgeon against infectious dis...
  • Julie
    The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris is a 2017 Scientific American/Farrar Straus and Giroux publication. Ghastly, but fascinating! This is the true story of Joseph Lister, the surgeon, who in 1846 rendered surgery pain fr...
  • Monika
    I'm starting to love reading about medical history, and it's mostly because of books like this. The Butchering Art is the incredible tale of Joseph Lister, a man who we hear so little about, but who we owe so much to. Lindsey Fitzharris is a terrific writer, every moment feels like a scene in a harr...
  • Truman32
    The 19th century was a pretty gross time to be alive. To begin with, nobody knew about germs. Just imagine it, all those bare pimply Victorian era bottoms sitting on public lavatory seats without laying down a thick protective covering of toilet paper first. Ick. The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzha...

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