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Belly-rippers, surgical innovation and the ovariotomy controversy

Author: Sally Frampton
Publisher: Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
Series: Medicine and biomedical sciences in modern history
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This open access book looks at the dramatic history of ovariotomy, an operation to remove ovarian tumours first practiced in the early nineteenth century. Bold and daring, surgeons who performed it claimed to be initiating a new era of surgery by opening the abdomen. Ovariotomy soon occupied a complex position within medicine and society, as an operation which symbolised surgical progress, while also remaining at  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sally Frampton
ISBN: 9783319789347 3319789341
OCLC Number: 1084303764
Notes: Chapter One: Introduction.- Chapter Two: Pathologies, Actions, Ideas.- Chapter Three: Representations of Practice.- Chapter Four: Patent Concerns, Unpatentable Procedures.- Chapter Five: The Business of Surgery.- Chapter Six: The Afterlife of an Operation.- Chapter Seven: Conclusion.
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white, and colour)
Series Title: Medicine and biomedical sciences in modern history
Responsibility: Sally Frampton.

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This open access book looks at the dramatic history of ovariotomy, an operation to remove ovarian tumours first practiced in the early nineteenth century. Bold and daring, surgeons who performed it claimed to be initiating a new era of surgery by opening the abdomen. Ovariotomy soon occupied a complex position within medicine and society, as an operation which symbolised surgical progress, while also remaining at the boundaries of ethical acceptability. This book traces the operation's innovation, from its roots in eighteenth-century pathology, through the denouncement of those who performed it as 'belly-rippers', to its rapid uptake in the 1880s, when ovariotomists were accused of over-operating. Throughout the century, the operation was never a hair's breadth from controversy.

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