Blood and Guts

Blood and Guts

A History of Surgery

eBook - 2008
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'Blood and Guts' tells the remarkable history of surgery from ancient times onwards. It's an extraordinary story of stolen corpses, medical fraud, lobotomised patients - and every now and then courageous advances that have saved the lives of millions around the world.
Publisher: [London] : BBC Books, 2008.
ISBN: 9781407024530
1407024531
9781429987325
1429987324
9781846075032
1846075033
Characteristics: 1 online resource (320 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), portraits

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abcDena
Apr 15, 2016

I really enjoyed reading this once I got used to the scenes of horror that were being described. Hollingham covers the history of surgery and major developments in surgical procedures of the heart, brain, as well as discussing how the mysteries of bacterial infection stunted surgical development for so long, until it was properly understood. The engaging tone makes this less of a slog than you might think.

I read another great, but dense, book on medical history called Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires: The History of Corpse Medicine from the Renaissance to the Victorians, by Richard Sugg. It's not in the HPL catalogue, but is worth hunting down if you're interested in medical history.

Hollingham's Blood and Guts is very much like Mary Roach's micro-histories: light, yet informative.

4 stars, recommended!

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vv9
Oct 15, 2015

I like medical history, and this was fairly well-done. I was anticipating more chronology of surgical advancements, but the book had more focus on the evolution of transplant surgery. Still, interesting and worthwhile for a medical history buff.

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sfogs
Jul 26, 2015

Really good. Really bloody and sometimes scary, and really, really interesting!

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dprodrig
Nov 07, 2011

This book was an interesting and easy read even though each chapter is presented as a series of vignettes that is more suited to a TV program than a book. It has some pretty graphic details and has made me exceptionally grateful for not only the medical advances that have taken place (and centuries I'm glad I didn't live through), but for the ethical practices that are now a requirement for any experimental procedure.

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megatron87
Aug 25, 2011

Wow what a great read. I loved this book. It was very informative, funny, and gory at times. I would recommend to anybody (with a strong stomach). A very well written book.

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Kassaundra Benoit
Jun 24, 2010

One of my favorite books. I saw the TV series of this and like the title "Blood & Guts" it's gory,informative, and really great.

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Jun 27, 2010

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Kassaundra Benoit
Jun 27, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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