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Under the Knife

Under the Knife

Author: Arnold van de Laar
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Under the Knife, surgeon Arnold Van de Laar uses his own experience and expertise to tell the witty history of the past, present and future of surgery.From the story of the desperate man from seventeenth-century Amsterdam who grimly cut a stone out of his own bladder to Bob Marley's deadly toe infection, UNDER THE KNIFE offers all kinds of fascinating and unforgettable insights into medicine and history via the operating theatre.What happens during an operation? How does the human body respond to being attacked by a knife, a bacterium, a cancer cell or a bullet? And, as medical advances continuously push the boundaries of what medicine can cure, what are the limits of surgery?From the dark centuries of bloodletting and of amputations without anaesthetic to today's sterile, high-tech operating theatres, Under the Knife is both a rich cultural history, and a modern anatomy class for us all.


[A] fascinating history of surgery . . . eye-opening and, frequently, eye-watering . . . a book that invites readers to peer up the bottoms of kings, into the souls of rock stars and down the ear canals of astronauts -- Helen Brown * The Daily Telegraph, 5* review * Irresistible . . . Van de Laar renders complex surgical procedures not only understandable, but also immensely entertaining . . . A lot of fun * The Times * Utterly eccentric and riveting * Mail on Sunday * This is history with a surgeon's touch: deft, incisive and sometimes excruciatingly bloody . . . A fascinating combination of art, medical science and - still - daring butchery * The Sunday Times *

Stock Information

General Fields

  • : 9781473633667
  • : Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • : John Murray Publishers Ltd
  • : November 2017
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 352
  • : 1
  • : Paperback