The Turbulent Life of a Medical Pioneer
In 1847 James Young Simpson challenged medical orthodoxy by demonstrating that a woman could be safely anaesthetized during a difficult childbirth. His subsequent discovery of chloroform revolutionized surgical practice, making it the standard general anaesthetic of the time. Against the vivid backdrop of the Edinburgh of Burke and Hare, this absorbing biography recounts the dramatic story of the young Scottish physician who took on the medical establishment, enduring calumny and threats to become personal physician to Queen Victoria.
Perspectives in History and Art
From ancient Egyptian reliefs showing surgical instruments to illustrations of the four humours in medieval manuscripts, and from Renaissance anatomical drawings to the exotic contraptions of early 20th century quacks, this volume draws on the art and craftsmanship that has been applied to the healing sciences to tell the story of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and quackery. The book is arranged by medical speciality and covers Eastern as well as Western medical practice.
Thomas Glass MD
Physician of Georgian Exeter
Born in Devon, Thomas Glass (1709-1786) trained in Leyden and moved to Exeter in 1740, then devoted the rest of his life to his work as a physician and to the people of Exeter. This biography provides a portrait of Glass as one of the pioneering doctors of his day.
The Story of Surgery
An Historical Commentary
Although first published over 50 years ago, Richardson's 'broad outline of the evolution of modern surgery' remains an absorbing account of great surgeons and surgical breakthroughs, written for both professional and general readers. The book covers all the major types of surgery and ranges in date from the discovery of anaesthesia to the first heart transplants, on the verge of modern practice. This new edition includes a great deal of new material, and a much expanded bibliography. Slightly off-mint.