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The knife man: blood, body snatching, and the birth of modern surgery
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New York : Broadway Books, 2005.
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1st paperback ed.
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341 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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A brilliant anatomist, foul-mouthed and well met, avid empiricist and grave robber, John Hunter cut an astonishing figure in Georgian England. Born in Scotland in 1728, he followed his brother, a renowned physician, to London and into the intellectually grasping, fiercely competitive world of professional medicine. With ample servings of 18th-century filth and gore, the author offers a vivid look at this remarkable period in science history, when many of the most impressive advances were made by relentless iconoclasts like Hunter. In an age when ancient notions of bodily humors still smothered medical thinking, Hunter challenged orthodoxy whenever facts were absent -- which was usually the case. A prodigious experimenter (to the point of obsession) he dissected thousands of corpses and countless animals (many of them living) in his effort to define the nature of the human body. Yet he was also an early adherent of medical minimalism, shunning bloodletting by default and advoc. This book is a richly historical narrative that presents a captivating portrait of Hunter's ruthless devotion to uncovering the secrets of the human body, the extraordinary lengths to which he went to do so, and acknowledges the debt we owe him today for doing so.

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"A hardcover edition of this book was originally published in 2005 by Broadway Books."
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [286]-331) and index.
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A brilliant anatomist, foul-mouthed and well met, avid empiricist and grave robber, John Hunter cut an astonishing figure in Georgian England. Born in Scotland in 1728, he followed his brother, a renowned physician, to London and into the intellectually grasping, fiercely competitive world of professional medicine. With ample servings of 18th-century filth and gore, the author offers a vivid look at this remarkable period in science history, when many of the most impressive advances were made by relentless iconoclasts like Hunter. In an age when ancient notions of bodily humors still smothered medical thinking, Hunter challenged orthodoxy whenever facts were absent -- which was usually the case. A prodigious experimenter (to the point of obsession) he dissected thousands of corpses and countless animals (many of them living) in his effort to define the nature of the human body. Yet he was also an early adherent of medical minimalism, shunning bloodletting by default and advoc. This book is a richly historical narrative that presents a captivating portrait of Hunter's ruthless devotion to uncovering the secrets of the human body, the extraordinary lengths to which he went to do so, and acknowledges the debt we owe him today for doing so.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Moore, W. (2005). The knife man: blood, body snatching, and the birth of modern surgery. 1st paperback ed. New York, Broadway Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Moore, Wendy, 1952-. 2005. The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching, and the Birth of Modern Surgery. New York, Broadway Books.

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Moore, Wendy, 1952-, The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching, and the Birth of Modern Surgery. New York, Broadway Books, 2005.

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Moore, Wendy. The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching, and the Birth of Modern Surgery. 1st paperback ed. New York, Broadway Books, 2005.

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