BODYSNATCHERS TO LIFESAVERST. WOMERSLEY & D. CRAWFORD Book Number: 81955 Product format: Hardback
From dissecting bodies 'donated' by murderers to developing life-saving treatments, the Edinburgh medical community has always been innovative and has challenged entrenched medical ideas. This has ranged from setting up an inspirational public health system to discovering chloroform as an anaesthetic, which was fiercely opposed as pain relief for women during labour. The tale is told through the stories of colourful characters including body snatchers Burke and Hare, the evolutionist Charles Darwin, surgeons Joseph Lister and James Syme as well as Sophia Jex-Blake who headed the campaign for women to have the right to study medicine and James Barry, Britain's first female doctor. From surgery to stem cell research, fast pioneering discoveries such as the identification of leukaemia to breakthroughs on hepatitis B vaccine and the cloning of Dolly the Sheep, Edinburgh luminaries have revolutionised medical care. 189pp, illus.
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