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The Invention of Surgery: A History of Modern Medicine: From the Renaissance to the Implant Revolution

The Invention of Surgery: A History of Modern Medicine: From the Renaissance to the Implant Revolution

by David Schneider


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A fascinating history of the practice of surgery from one of the leading figures in the field, chronicling centuries of scientific breakthroughs by the discipline's most dynamic, pioneering doctors.

Written by an author with plenty of experience holding a scalpel, Dr. David Schneider’s The Invention of Surgery is an in-depth biography of the practice that has leapt forward over the centuries from the dangerous guesswork of ancient Greek physicians through the world-changing “implant revolution” of the twentieth century.

The Invention of Surgery explains this dramatic progress and highlights the personalities of the discipline's most dynamic historical figures. It links together the lives of the pioneering scientists who first understood what causes disease, how organs become infected or cancerous, and how surgery could powerfully intercede in people’s lives, and then shows how the rise of surgery intersected with many of the greatest medical breakthroughs of the last century, including the evolution of medical education, the transformation of the hospital from a place of dying to a habitation of healing, the development of antibiotics, and the rise of transistors and polymer science.

And as Schneider argues, surgery has not finished transforming; new technologies are constantly reinventing both the practice of surgery and the nature of the objects we are permanently implanting in our bodies. Schneider considers these latest developments, asking “What’s next?” and analyzing how our conception of surgery has changed alongside our evolving ideas of medicine, technology, and our bodies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643136943
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 04/13/2021
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 260,369
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dr. David Schneider is one of the most sought-after total shoulder and total elbow replacement surgeons in the world. He has written for the New England Journal of Medicine, among other medical journals, and is also a lecturer on the history of surgery and a frequent guest on regional radio and TV programs. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction xi

1 Dilemma 1

2 Paper, Prophet, and Printing Press 12

3 Vesalius and De Hurnani Corporis Fabrica 23

4 The Rise of Science 39

5 Harvey and Hunter 54

6 Pathology 80

7 Germs 98

8 Antibiotics 122

9 Anesthesia 142

10 Elective Surgery 160

11 Vitallium 183

12 Oversight and Entitlement 196

13 Device Clearance 210

14 Medical Industrial Complex and Medical Devices 226

15 Surgery of the Heart 235

16 Specialization in Surgery 247

17 Implant Revolution 263

18 The Birth of Sports Medicine 277

19 Calculating the Impact 288

20 Brain Implants 306

21 Cyborg Future and Homo Electrus 323

Acknowledgments 339

Endnotes 343

Index 367

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