The Butchering Art

The Butchering Art

Winner, 2018 PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing

Short-listed for the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize

A Top 10 Science Book of Fall 2017, Publishers Weekly

A Best History Book of 2017, The Guardian

"Warning: She spares no detail!" —Erik Larson, bestselling author of Dead Wake

In The Butchering Art, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of nineteenth-century surgery and shows how it was transformed by advances made in germ theory and antiseptics… (more)

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Equal parts a queasy outline of Victorian medicine and a quiet story of a life spent pushing for scientific progress, The Butchering Art sounds like something of a niche read.


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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 17, 2017)

Collection: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Language: English


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