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The surgeon who counted not only luminaries Benjamin Franklin Lord Byron Adam Smith and Thomas Gainsborough among his patients but also “resurrection men” among his close acuaintances A captivating portrait of his ruthless devotion to uncovering the secrets of the human John Hunter rose from a poor Scottish farming family to become one of the leading men of science and medicine His courage he inserted a knife s point covered in pus into his urethra to see if syphilis and gonorrhea were the same disease omg his lack of hypocrisy in an age when even surgeons who relied on dissections refused to let their bodies be disturbed he actually reuested an autopsy and his clear sighted reliance on evidence instead of assumptions and tradition helped him transform surgery and natural sciences From a farm boy with an unfashionable accent he became the chosen surgeon of such luminaries as Lord Byron Benjamin Franklin and William Pitt the Younger Unfortunately

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The Knife Man Blood Body Snatching and the Birth of Modern Surgery

In an era when bloodletting was considered a cure for everything from colds to smallpox surgeon John Hunter was a medical innovator an eccentric and the person to whom anyone who has ever had surgery probably owes his or her life In this sensational and macabre story we meet Year is 1785 and one of the first patients to see Mr Hunter had a tumor the size of a bowling ball on the side of his head Fortunately it was benign The tumor was so large no other surgeon would operate except John Hunter Thus 25 minutes later patient Burley left with a little scar sans 9 lb useless appendage that Hunter had expertly evacuated Surgeon John Hunter was the youngest of ten children Hunter used the scientific method in his practices and thus demonstrated the interconnectedness of all life Many accolades including his marriage to a poet patient King George III and the Copley medal win John Hunter was driven by tireless curiosity and a compulsion to improve the surgery

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Body and the extraordinary lengths to which he went to do so including body snatching performing pioneering medical experiments and infecting himself with venereal disease this rich historical narrative at last acknowledges this fascinating man and the debt we owe him today Another great nonfiction book recommended to me by Goodreads I thoroughly enjoyed the subject matter of the book John Hunter was a fascinating man with an interesting history and interesting views Moore describes his life as if writing a novel about a uniue protagonist Her writing is descriptive and engaging She drew me in from the very first words The patient faced an agonizing choice I especially liked the clever chapter titles all named after the body part of a human or animal treated by Hunter eg The Poet s Foot and The Lizard s TailI highly recommend this book but some parts are gruesome in their details since Hunter was involved with body snatching and since he dissected hu


10 thoughts on “The Knife Man Blood Body Snatching and the Birth of Modern Surgery

  1. says:

    Year is 1785 and one of the first patients to see Mr Hunter had a tumor the size of a bowling ball on the side of his head Fortunately it was benign The tumor was so large no other surgeon would operate except John Hunter Thus 25 minutes later patient Burley left with a little scar sans 9 lb useless appendage that Hunter had expe

  2. says:

    Trigger warnings lots and lots of medical stuff and anatomy and dissection and weird experiments on animals that end in them dying So this is a biography of John Hunter eighteenth century surgeon It tells the story of his life through cases that he worked experiments he performed and discoveries he made that revolutioni

  3. says:

    Terrible title that makes it sound like a bio of Jack the Ripper’s cutlery obsessed sidekick but an utterly fascinating story about a virtually unknown 18th century surgeon named John Hunter who was arguably one

  4. says:

    John Hunter rose from a poor Scottish farming family to become one of the leading men of science and medicine His courage he inserted a knife's point covered in pus into his urethra to see if syphilis and gonorrhea were the same disease omg his lack of hypocrisy in an age when even surgeons who relied on dissections refused to let their bodies be disturbed he actually reuested an autopsy and his clear sighted reliance

  5. says:

    A book that makes you grateful to experience medicine as it is TODAY35 StarsI’m a huge fan of medical non fiction and the history of medicine so naturally I gravitated toward this title I will say this wasn’t my favorite that I’ve read on the subject and it’s a bit early of a timeframe for what I typically am fascinated by I prefer mid to late 19th century medicine but there were definitely a lot of fascinating details strewn throu

  6. says:

    A very engaging biography of a fascinating figure despite being largely self educated John Hunter was an intellectual giant who pioneered experimental surgery and applied the scientific method to medicine in a time when most doctors put stock in ancient texts than verifiable observations Hunter extensively studied the anatomy of humans and animals through thousands of dissections and even seems to have been m

  7. says:

    An excellent combination of a compelling narrative of a most influential scientist with the evolution of the practice of surgery and medical science Ms Moore has artfully told the store of John Hunter and his rise

  8. says:

    Another great nonfiction book recommended to me by Goodreads I thoroughly enjoyed the subject matter of the book John Hunt

  9. says:

    Well I am at least underwhelmed The life of John Hunter is a really peculiar one He had changed the concept of surgical management and via his abnormal background and lack of normal medical background at that point of time he manag

  10. says:

    If you are at all interested in biology surgery the Enlightenment and aren't particularly sueamish do yourself a favor and read this one John