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Crucial Interventions

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The 19th century saw a complete transformation of the practice and reputation of surgery. This fascinating book follows its increasingly optimistic evolution, drawing on the very best examples of rare surgical textbooks, with a focus on the extraordinary visual materials, held by the Wellcome Collection.

Unnerving and graphic, yet beautifully rendered, these fascinating illustrations include step-by-step surgical techniques paired with medical instruments and painted depictions of operations in progress. Arranged for the layman from head to toe, and accompanied by an authoritative, eloquent and inspiring narrative from medical historian Richard Barnett, this is an engrossing and enlightening volume.


Please be aware that due to the subject matter this book contains graphic depictions of medical issues and surgeries. Example pages can be seen on the Thames & Hudson website here.


Author: Richard Barnett

Format: Hardback

Size: 17 x 24 cm, 256 pages

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 9780500518106

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