Category Archives: Surgery

Surgery for Desperados

By Delia Gavrus In the 1920s, the notorious American bandit Roy Gardner riveted the public’s attention with his “hair-raising escapes from the law.”[1] He was arrested three times for mail robbery, and three times he made a successful run for

Surgery for Desperados

By Delia Gavrus In the 1920s, the notorious American bandit Roy Gardner riveted the public’s attention with his “hair-raising escapes from the law.”[1] He was arrested three times for mail robbery, and three times he made a successful run for

Amateur Surgeon or Dutiful Citizen? The First Aid Movement in the Nineteenth Century

By Sally Frampton ‘We have already with us the prescribing chemist, the herbalist, the bone-setter, the ‘electro-cure’ humbug…but now it seems that we are to go a step further and to be introduced to the policeman who, having attended a

Amateur Surgeon or Dutiful Citizen? The First Aid Movement in the Nineteenth Century

By Sally Frampton ‘We have already with us the prescribing chemist, the herbalist, the bone-setter, the ‘electro-cure’ humbug…but now it seems that we are to go a step further and to be introduced to the policeman who, having attended a

Butchers & Surgeons: Rethinking the 17th-Century English Surgeon

By Samantha Sandassie It would be an understatement to say that early modern surgery and its practitioners have a negative reputation. Popular narratives present surgeons as poorly educated men who performed invasive operations on unlucky and unanesthetized patients using unsterilized

Butchers & Surgeons: Rethinking the 17th-Century English Surgeon

By Samantha Sandassie It would be an understatement to say that early modern surgery and its practitioners have a negative reputation. Popular narratives present surgeons as poorly educated men who performed invasive operations on unlucky and unanesthetized patients using unsterilized

Crafting a (Written) Science of Surgery: The First European Surgical Texts

By Monica Green One of the challenges of medicine, in so far as it is a body of accumulated knowledge, is turning practices into words in order to preserve them. In some areas of medicine, the words themselves are the

Crafting a (Written) Science of Surgery: The First European Surgical Texts

By Monica Green One of the challenges of medicine, in so far as it is a body of accumulated knowledge, is turning practices into words in order to preserve them. In some areas of medicine, the words themselves are the

Roaring Horses, Lame Dogs and the Re-framing of British Veterinary Surgery

By Andrew Gardiner ‘The Supervet’ is a UK documentary TV series broadcast on Channel 4 showcasing the practice of orthopedic veterinary surgeon, Noël Fitzpatrick. It’s a sexed-up version of 1990s BBC TV prime-time favorite Animal Hospital, but focusing on advanced surgery

Roaring Horses, Lame Dogs and the Re-framing of British Veterinary Surgery

By Andrew Gardiner ‘The Supervet’ is a UK documentary TV series broadcast on Channel 4 showcasing the practice of orthopedic veterinary surgeon, Noël Fitzpatrick. It’s a sexed-up version of 1990s BBC TV prime-time favorite Animal Hospital, but focusing on advanced surgery

The Window Operation: Hope through Surgery

By Jaipreet Virdi-Dhesi “[Dr. Lempert] reached not quite as high as my shoulder. We liked each other on sight. He had read Cotton in My Ears and enjoyed it, he told me, as we stood talking when the meeting was

The Window Operation: Hope through Surgery

By Jaipreet Virdi-Dhesi “[Dr. Lempert] reached not quite as high as my shoulder. We liked each other on sight. He had read Cotton in My Ears and enjoyed it, he told me, as we stood talking when the meeting was

Surgical Devices and Placebo Testing – A Rehearsal

By Christopher Crenner Sometimes new forms of technology need a dress rehearsal before their premier. Early airplanes were like this, seeming to offer a lengthy prelude to Kitty Hawk. A succession of imaginative tinkerers and engineers worked on heavier-than-air machines

Surgical Devices and Placebo Testing – A Rehearsal

By Christopher Crenner Sometimes new forms of technology need a dress rehearsal before their premier. Early airplanes were like this, seeming to offer a lengthy prelude to Kitty Hawk. A succession of imaginative tinkerers and engineers worked on heavier-than-air machines