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The history of surgery in 28 famous operations - from Louis XIV to JFK, and from Einstein to Houdini.

In Under the Knife, surgeon Arnold Van de Laar uses his own experience and expertise to tell the witty history of the past, present and future of surgery. From the story of the desperate man from 17th-century Amsterdam who grimly cut a stone out of his own bladder to Bob Marley's deadly toe infection, Under the Knife offers all kinds of fascinating and unforgettable insights into medicine and history via the operating theatre.

What happens during an operation? How does the human body respond to being attacked by a knife, a bacterium, a cancer cell or a bullet? And, as medical advances continuously push the boundaries of what medicine can cure, what are the limits of surgery?

From 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.

©2018 Arnold van de Laar (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Amazing stories

I was enthralled and amazed by the stories. this could have been a bore but was delivered in such a way to keep the listener wanting to know more. Great book.

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enjoyable, funny, informative.

an easy listen with lots of explanations and definitions to make the experience enjoyable for everyone with no details spared from some very amusing examples of surgery through the ages!

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Excellent reading, fascinating subject

Entertaining and informative, and a fascinating tale of humankind's discovery of ways to cut into the body to cure all kinds of ailments. My attention never wandered. Highly recommended - but you must not be afraid of gore, body parts and bodily functions!

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An eyeopener to surgical progress

A riveting meander through surgical history with the most lucid and entertaining tales of the horrors and immense progress that has been made. It makes you so glad to be living nowadays. Excellent narration.

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Really interesting facts and anecdotes

As a scrub nurse it was amusing to hear the stories behind some of the instruments we regularly use and hand over to the surgeons. busmans holiday. Love the story about the first TSR

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excellent! a great listen history, goriness

a great listen. absolutely loved it, a tongue in cheek roaring account of surgery over the ages

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For people without medical knowladge

Very interesting, particularly for non medical people. Although I am a medical student and did enjoy the history aspect! Great for people looking to persue medical career

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Very interesting

This audiobook provides an interesting insight into the history of surgery. Well worth a listen.

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Captivating and fascinating

Really enjoyed this book. It was well narrated (loved his voice!) and learnt a lot as a non medical person.

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Fascinating but at times unpleasant

This is a fascinating tour of the human body and the incredible work surgeons do. There are lots of wince inducing moments though. It’s best not to think too hard about life before anaesthetic. Also, if you are put off by words like pus and fistula, don’t even start. Everyone else - this is a deeply interesting look at surgery past, present and futures.

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  • 27-03-19

Großartige Darstellung der gesamten Chirurgie

Dieses Buch ist besonders gut und einfach in seiner Form zu verstehen. Eine gut gelungene Auswahl an Beispielen, die die Chirurgie in ihrem Umfang klar und einfach, für jeden zu verstehen, darlegt.