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The knife man : the extraordinary life and times of John Hunter, father of modern surgery

Author: Wendy Moore
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2005.
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A brilliant anatomist, foul-mouthed and well met, avid empiricist and grave robber, John Hunter cut an astonishing figure in Georgian England. Born in Scotland in 1728, he followed his brother, a renowned physician, to London and into the intellectually grasping, fiercely competitive world of professional medicine. With ample servings of 18th-century filth and gore, the author offers a vivid look at this remarkable  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Moore, Wendy, 1952-
Knife man.
New York : Broadway Books, 2005
(OCoLC)607613719
Online version:
Moore, Wendy, 1952-
Knife man.
New York : Broadway Books, 2005
(OCoLC)608490149
Named Person: John Hunter; John Hunter; John Hunter; John Hunter
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Wendy Moore
ISBN: 0767916522 9780767916523
OCLC Number: 57754016
Description: 341 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The coach driver's knee --
The dead man's arm --
The stout man's muscles --
The pregnant woman's womb --
The professor's testicle --
The lizard's tails --
The chimney sweep's teeth --
The Debutante's spots --
The surgeon's penis --
The kangaroo's skull --
The electric eel's peculiar organs --
The chaplain's neck --
The giant's bones --
The poet's foot --
The monkey's skull --
The anatomist's heart.
Responsibility: Wendy Moore.
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A brilliant anatomist, foul-mouthed and well met, avid empiricist and grave robber, John Hunter cut an astonishing figure in Georgian England. Born in Scotland in 1728, he followed his brother, a renowned physician, to London and into the intellectually grasping, fiercely competitive world of professional medicine. With ample servings of 18th-century filth and gore, the author offers a vivid look at this remarkable period in science history, when many of the most impressive advances were made by relentless iconoclasts like Hunter. In an age when ancient notions of bodily humors still smothered medical thinking, Hunter challenged orthodoxy whenever facts were absent -- which was usually the case. A prodigious experimenter (to the point of obsession) he dissected thousands of corpses and countless animals (many of them living) in his effort to define the nature of the human body. Yet he was also an early adherent of medical minimalism, shunning bloodletting by default and advoc. This book is a richly historical narrative that presents a captivating portrait of Hunter's ruthless devotion to uncovering the secrets of the human body, the extraordinary lengths to which he went to do so, and acknowledges the debt we owe him today for doing so.

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