Medical Theory, Surgical Practice: Studies in the History of Surgery, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Medical Theory, Surgical Practice

Studies in the History of Surgery, 1st Edition

Edited by Christopher Lawrence


338 pages

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Originally published in 1992, Medical Theory, Surgical Practice examines medical and surgical concepts of disease and their relation to the practice of surgery, in particular historical settings. It emphasises that understanding concepts of disease does not just include recounting explicit accounts of disease given by medical men. It needs an analysis of the social relations embedded in such concepts. In doing this, the contributors illustrate how surgery rose from a relatively humble place in seventeenth century life to being seen as one of the great achievements of late Victorian culture. They examine how medical theory and surgical practices relate to social contexts, how physical diagnosis entered medicine and whether anaesthesia and Lister’s antiseptic techniques really did cause a revolution in surgical practice.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Contributors


1. Democratic, Divine and Heroic: The History and Historiography of Surgery, Christopher Lawrence

2. Seventeenth-Century English Surgery: The Casebook of Joseph Binns, Lucinda McCray Beier

3. Surgery and Scrophula, Roger French

4. Giovanni Battista Morgagni and Eighteenth-Century Physical Examination, Malcolm Nicolson

5. Physiological Principles in the Surgical Writings of John Hunter, Stephen Jacyna

6. Practising on Principle: Joseph Lister and the Germ Theories of Disease, Christopher Lawrence and Richard Dixey

7. From Conservative to Radical Surgery in Late Nineteenth-Century America, Gert H. Brieger

8. Knowledge of Bodies or Bodies of Knowledge? Surgeons and Anatomists and Rectal Surgery, 1830-1985, Lindsay Granshaw

9. Experiment and Experience in Anaesthesia: Alfred Goodman Levy and Chloroform Death 1910-1960, Christopher Lawrence

10. The Ambiguous Artefact: Surgical Instruments and the Surgical Past, Ghislaine Lawrence


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HISTORY / General