By Richard Hollingham
Today, astounding surgical breakthroughs are making limb transplants, face transplants, and a number of different formerly un dreamed of operations attainable. yet getting the following has now not been an easy tale of scientific development. In Blood and Guts, veteran technology author Richard Hollingham weaves a compelling narrative from the major moments in surgical historical past. we have now a ringside seat within the working theater of collage university clinic in London as world-renowned Victorian doctor Robert Liston plays a striking amputation in thirty seconds―from first minimize to ultimate sew. options similar to Joseph Lister's antiseptic approach, the 1st open-heart surgical procedure, and Walter Freeman's lobotomy operations, between different breakthroughs, are dropped at lifestyles in those pages in shiny element. this can be renowned technological know-how writing at it truly is best.
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