Written in a personal and engaging style, this book provides a fascinating and informative introduction to the development of surgery through the ages. It describes the key advances in surgery through the ages, from primitive techniques such as trepanning, some of the gruesome but occasionally successful methods employed by the ancient civilisations, the increasingly sophisticated techniques of the Greeks and Romans, the advances of the Dark Ages and the Renaissance and on to the early pioneers of anaesthesia and antisepsis such as Morton, Lister and Pasteur.
"This is a book that should be on the shelves of students, academics, and historians of medicine as a single-volume encyclopedia for easy, handy consultation. The division into chapters will make consultation straightforward and the index will help in searching for topics that might not be apparent from chapter titles and their subdivisions."
Alain Touwaide, PhD (The Huntington)
Surgery in prehistoric times. The early years of written history - Mesopotamia, Egypt, China and India. Surgery in Ancient Greece and Rome. The Dark Ages and the Renaissance. The Age of the Surgeon-Anatomist: Part One - From the mid 16th century to the end of the 17th century. The Age of the Surgeon-Anatomist: Part Two - From the beginning of the 18th century to the mid 19th century. The advent of anaesthesia and antisepsis. The birth of modern surgery: From Lister to the 20th century. The surgery of warfare. Orthopaedics surgery. Breast tumours. Cutting for the stone. Thyroid and parathyroid. Thoracic and vascular surgery. Organ transplantation. Envoi - today and tomorrow.