Andrea Hickman Walker's Reviews > The Knife Man: Blood, Body-Snatching and the Birth of Modern Surgery

The Knife Man by Wendy Moore
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Sep 09, 10

bookshelves: biography, history, health

A fascinating biography of one of the fathers of modern surgery. This is not for the squeamish or those who cannot bear to admit or face the realities of what brought us to our vaunted state of enlightenment. It's a progressive world that we live in and sometimes scientists and researchers step outside the boundaries of what is strictly legal in order to make fascinating new discoveries and push the boundaries of both what we know and what we're capable of. The ethics are a little dodgy, in some cases more than others, but read the book and decide for yourself. Personally I'm grateful for the advances in modern medicine, and that I wasn't in need of medical attention in the mid-eighteenth century.

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