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The Knife Man by Wendy Moore
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Sep 06, 11

bookshelves: great-britain, science-and-nature
Read from August 24 to September 06, 2011

An excellent biography of a pioneering 18th Century British surgeon and anatomist. It not only tells the story of John Hunter's life, but gives a very good overview of the state of medicine and science at the time. A lot of really interesting stuff, although it may be a bit gory for some tastes. (I was okay with everything except for the description of the vivisection of a poor dog.) This is Wendy Moore's first book, and it's a good one. I'm looking forward to see what she writes next.
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