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The Knife Man by Wendy Moore

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The Knife Man by Wendy Moore 

Condition

Pages crisp and clear with tight binding. Inscription to half title page only. Light dust marks to top page ends. Dust jacket has some wear. See images

Product Details

  •  Format - Hardback
  • Pages - 482

 

Synopsis

When Robert Louis Stevenson wrote his gothic horror story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, he reputedly based the house of the genial doctor turned fiend on the home of the 18thC surgeon & anatomist John Hunter. The choice was understandable, for Hunter combined an altruistic determination to advance scientific knowledge with dark dealings that brought him into daily contact with the sinister Georgian underworld. In 18thC London, Hunter was a man both acclaimed and feared. Driven by an insatiable curiosity, Hunter dissected thousands of human bodies, using the knowledge he gained to improve medical care for countless patients. Treating not only the poor but also some of the most illustrious characters of the time, such as Joshua Reynolds and the young Lord Byron, he was appointed Surgeon Extraordinary to King George III & served in the Seven Years War where, following long, bloody battles, he patched up the unfortunate casualties musket wounds and bayonet injuries. Considered by many to be the father of modern surgery, Hunter was also an eminent naturalist; he dissected the first creatures brought back from Captain Cook s voyages to Australia & kept exotic animals in his country.

 

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