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Dr. Mütter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine
Aptowicz, Cristin O'Keefe
America in the early 1800s was an easy place to die, especially for those unlucky souls so severely deformed that medicine at the time literally classified them as monsters. Enter Thomas Dent Mütter, a brilliant and audacious young mid-nineteenth-century plastic surgeon who revolutionized American medicine with his daring surgical work, pioneering the use of anesthesia, championing the sterilization of surgical tools, and advocating for a compassion-based vision for helping even the most seemingly hopeless of patients, despite intense resistance from his numerous rivals. With Dr. Mütter's Marvels, author Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz gives us both a front-row seat to the good, the bad, and the grotesque of the evolution of American medicine and a riveting biography of a man so flamboyant, in life and in the operating theatre, that he would be crowned the ' P.T. Barnum of the surgery room.'
Under the Knife: A History of Surgery in 28 Remarkable Operations
Van De Laar, Arnold
Surgeon Arnold van de Laar uses his own experience and expertise to tell this engrossing history of surgery through 28 famous operations - m Louis XIV and Einstein to JFK and Houdini.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, Under the Knife offers a wealth of fascinating and unforgettable insights into medicine and history via the operating room.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?With stories spanning the dark centuries of bloodletting and amputations without anaesthetic through today's sterile, high-tech operating rooms, Under the Knife is both a rich cultural history, and a modern anatomy class for us all.
Second Suns: Two Trailblazing Doctors and Their Quest to Cure Blindness, One Pair of Eyes at a Time
Relin, David Oliver
Second Suns is the unforgettable true story of two very different doctors with a common mission: to rid the world of preventable blindness. Dr. Geoffrey Tabin was the high-achieving "bad boy" of his class at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sanduk Ruit grew up in a remote village in the Himalayas, where cataract blindness--easily curable in modern hospitals--amounts to an epidemic. Together, they pioneered a new surgical method, by which they have restored sight to over 100,000 people--all for about $20 per operation. Master storyteller David Oliver Relin brings the doctors' work to vivid life through poignant portraits of their patients, from old men who can once again walk treacherous mountain trails, to children who can finally see their mothers' faces. The Himalayan Cataract Project is changing the world--one pair of eyes at a time.
Complete Guide To Symptoms, Illness & Surgery (Updated And Revised 6th Edition)
Griffith, H. Winter
The most trusted medical resource, now updated, expanded and revised For almost three decades, readers have turned to The Complete Guide to Symptoms, Illness & Surgery for the most comprehensive and easy-to-use tool for diagnosing, understanding and seeking treatment for any illness—from the common cold to life-threatening cancer and heart disease. With up-to-date information on new medical therapies, drugs and surgeries, this authoritative, all-in-one handbook will help sort out the confusing and conflicting information found online and many other places. This edition has been completely revised and updated throughout and features: • More than 20 new illness and disorders topics, ranging from Chronic Pain Syndrome to Perimenopause to Silent Stroke and Smoking Addiction • Appendix covering diets and other preventive measures • An extensive Glossary of medical-related words and terminology with easy-to-understand explanations about medical tests and brief descriptions of certain rare diseases and disorders From signs and symptoms to information on complications and outcomes, from diagnostic tests to advice on when to call the doctor, The Complete Guide to Symptoms, Illness & Surgery is the most reliable and accessible resource available.
The Cost of Cutting: A Surgeon Reveals the Truth Behind a Multibillion-Dollar Industry
Ruggieri, Paul A.
Why is surgery so expensive? Surgeon Paul A. Ruggieri reveals little-known truths about his profession - and the hidden flaws of our healthcare system - in this compelling and troubling account of real patients, real doctors, and how money influences medical decisions behind the scenes. Even many well-informed patients have no idea what may be contributing to the cost of their surgery. With up-to-date research and stories from his practice, Ruggieri shows how business arrangements among hospitals, insurance companies, and surgeons affect who gets treatment - and whether they get the right treatment. Pulling back the curtain from the hospital bed, he explains how to safeguard one’s own health (and finances), and how America can make surgery more affordable for all without sacrificing quality care.
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