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Oct. 17, 2017

Book Launch: "The Butchering Art" with Author Lindsey Fitzharris

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Welcome Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris on the first stop of her US book tour!

In The Butchering Art, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of nineteenth-century surgery and shows in gripping detail how it was transformed by germ theory and antiseptics. She conjures up early operating theaters―no place for the squeamish―and surgeons, working before anesthesia, who were lauded for their speed and brute strength. These pioneers knew that the aftermath of surgery was often more dangerous than patients’ afflictions, and they were baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high.

At a time when surgery couldn’t have been more hazardous, an unlikely figure stepped forward: A young, melancholy Quaker surgeon, Joseph Lister, who would solve the riddle and change the course of history.

Eerie and illuminating, The Butchering Art celebrates the triumph of a visionary surgeon whose quest to unite science and medicine delivered us into the modern world.

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