For Fear of Pain, British Surgery, 1790-1850
Oh, you hurt me, Sir! … are you going to do it again? – A patient, 1832For Fear of Painoffers a social history of the operating room in Britain during the final decades of painful surgery. It asks profound questions: how could surgeons operate upon conscious patients? How could patients submit? It presents a revisionist view of surgery, hygiene, nursing, military and naval surgery and the introduction of anaesthesia.For Fear of Painseeks to unite the clinical with the human. Drawing on fresh evidence, it offers powerful insights into the experience of painful surgery. It is populated by the characters, ambitions, and animosities of the 'great men' of contemporary medicine, by the young men who grew into surgeons, and by the patients whose 'fortitude' was so notable.
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