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

The gripping story of how Joseph Lister's antiseptic method changed medicine foreverIn The Butchering Art, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of nineteenth-century surgery and shows how it was transformed by advances made in germ theory and antiseptics between 1860 and 1875. She conjures up early operating theaters--no place for the squeamish--and...

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  • Jodi Spillane
    Extremely readable history of Joseph Lister's career and his successful attempt to transform Victorian medicine into something that could actually cure a patient, not kill them. If you are squeamish, don't read this book while eating :-)...
  • 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...
  • Jen Juenke
    I loved this book. It was part history, part medical history, and part biography. The book follows the path of Dr Lister who pioneered the stop of spreading germs during surgery. It delves into how surgeries were performed in hospitals and at home, how high the fatality rate was when surgery was per...
  • Julia Simpson-Urrutia
    Speed and spectacle typified British surgery in the first half of the 19th century. The operating theater no doubt got its name from the audience it drew from curious laypeople right off the streets although naturally the first rows and floor area were crowded with medical students. A surgeon might ...
  • 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...
  • Lindsay Adolph
    As a nurse, this book held a special place in my heart . Lindsey Fitzharris wrote so eloquently, and researched so thoroughly, i felt as if I was literally seeing the world through Lister’s eyes. Joseph Lister was such an amazing man, who not only wanted to further science and medicine, but des...

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