Author Talks in 2017

Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine

Upcoming Author Event

Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7 p.m., - "The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine" by Lindsey Fitzharris

Joseph Lister was a British doctor who first proposed and confirmed the existence of germs. American doctors—including those treating President Garfield after he was shot—were slow to accept Lister’s theories and introduced a fatal infection into his body. Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris is the creator and host of the popular You Tube medical history series “Under the Knife,” and in The Butchering Art she conjures up early operating theaters―no place for the squeamish―and surgeons, working before anesthesia, who were lauded for their speed and brute strength. These pioneers knew that the aftermath of surgery was often more dangerous than patients’ afflictions, and they were baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high. The program is free of charge; the book is for sale in our Eastern National bookstore. The author will sign books after the presentation.

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Last updated: October 12, 2017

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