In this witty chronicle, surgeon Arnold van de Laar dissects thousands of years worth of remarkably gruesome stories From anaesthetic free amputations and bloodletting to Albert Einstein s aneurysm, these are key insights into the cut and thrust of medicine Nature FascinatingThe author s sense of humour is as sharp as his scapel Spectator Fascinatinga brisk but revealing tour of the human body Each story shines a light on the wonders and weaknesses of our biology, and on the science we have used to treat it Irish Independent A fascinating history of surgeryeye opening and, frequently, eye wateringa book that invites readers to peer up the bottoms of kings, into the souls of rock stars and down the ear canals of astronauts Helen Brown The Daily Telegraph,review IrresistibleVan de Laar renders complex surgical procedures not only understandable, but also immensely entertainingA lot of fun The Times Utterly eccentric and riveting Mail on Sunday This is history with a surgeon s touch deft, incisive and sometimes excruciatingly bloodyA fascinating combination of art, medical science and still daring butchery The Sunday Times This is history with a surgeon s touch deft, incisive and sometimes excruciatingly bloody The Sunday Times Utterly eccentric and riveting Mail on SundayEye opening and, frequently, eye wateringa book that invites readers to peer up the bottoms of kings, into the souls of rock stars and down the ear canals of astronauts The Daily TelegraphHow did a decision made in the operating theatre spark hundreds of conspiracy theories about JFK How did a backstage joke prove fatal to world famous escape artist Harry Houdini How did Queen Victoria change the course of surgical history Through dark centuries of bloodletting and of amputations without anaesthetic to today s sterile, high tech operating theatres, surgeon Arnold van de Laar uses his experience and expertise to tell an incisive history of the past, present and future of surgeryFrom the dark centuries of bloodletting and of amputations without anaesthetic to today s sterile, high tech operating theatres, Under the Knife is both a rich cultural history, and a modern anatomy class for us all


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