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Genius on the edge : the bizarre double life of Dr. William Stewart Halsted

Author: Gerald Imber
Publisher: New York : Kaplan Publishing, [2011]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Dr. William Stewart Halsted's life was fascinating and complex. Halsted, perhaps the most important surgeon America has ever produced, battled a lifelong cocaine addiction and maintained numerous secret relationships while simultaneously devising revolutionary medical innovations. Yet the story of Halsted's life, one of seemingly irreconcilable extremes, is in many ways the story of modern medicine. Before Halsted,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: William Halsted; William Halsted
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald Imber
ISBN: 1607148587 9781607148586 1607146274 9781607146278
OCLC Number: 767836518
Notes: Originally published in hardcover: 2010.
Description: x, 389 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Tumultuous times --
Setting the stage --
Physicians and surgeons --
Becoming a surgeon --
New York --
Cocaine --
Visionary --
Very best men --
Baltimore --
Hospital on the hill --
Finding the way --
William Osler --
Operating room --
Radical cure of breast cancer --
Life in Baltimore --
Big four --
Hernia --
Establishing the routine --
Country squire --
First great medical school --
Teaching without teaching --
Residents --
Changes --
Into the 20th century --
Harvey Cushing --
All quiet on the home front --
After Cushing --
New horizons --
Addiction --
Vascular surgery --
Scientist --
New paradigm --
New era --
World changes --
"My dear Miss Bessie" --
Final illness --
Afterward.
Other Titles: Bizarre double life of Dr. William Stewart Halsted
Responsibility: Gerald Imber.

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"Dr. William Stewart Halsted's life was fascinating and complex. Halsted, perhaps the most important surgeon America has ever produced, battled a lifelong cocaine addiction and maintained numerous secret relationships while simultaneously devising revolutionary medical innovations. Yet the story of Halsted's life, one of seemingly irreconcilable extremes, is in many ways the story of modern medicine. Before Halsted, poorly-trained doctors performed surgery without anesthesia in unsanitary conditions and patients were rarely expected to survive. Halsted transformed the medical practice by inventing local and spinal anesthesia; introducing the use of rubber gloves during surgery; pioneering the use of fine silk thread for sutures; developing techniques for stabilizing blood pressure during surgery; and inventing the radical mastectomy, blood transfusions, and surgical cures for hernias. Genius on the Edge is an illuminating biography of a complex and troubled man whose brilliance we continue to benefit from today."--Publisher's description.

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