Death, Disease & Dissection: The Life of a Surgeon-Apothecary 1750–1850

December 1, 2020
Death, Disease & Dissection: The Life of a Surgeon-Apothecary 1750–1850

"A deep dive into the education andlives of a medical professional's life over the span of 100 years .. . A good addition to any medical historian'slibrary" (The LazyHistorian).Imagine performing surgery on a patient without anesthetic oradministering medicine that could kill or cure. Welcome to theworld of the surgeon-apothecary.During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, significantchanges occurred in medicine. New treatments were developed andmedical training improved. Yet, with doctors' fees out of the reachof ordinary people, most relied on the advice of their localapothecary, among them, the poet John Keats, who worked at Guy'sHospital in London. These men were the general practitioners oftheir time, making up pills and potions for everything fromtoothache to childbirth.Death, Disease & Dissection examines the vital rolethese men played within their communities, their training, thetreatments they offered, the quacks, and the shocking sights andsounds in hospitals and operating theaters of the time. SuzieGrogan transports readers through 100 years of medical history,exploring the impact of illness and death and bringing theexperiences of the surgeon-apothecary vividly to life."I think the author has done a wonderful job of researching thetopic and presenting the history of the profession, andbiographical information on some of the most influentialSurgeon-Apothecaries of the period. . . . This book is wellorganized and full of fascinating information on the topic." —ALine from a Book