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Under the Knife: A History of Surgery in 28 Remarkable Operations
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Under the Knife: A History of Surgery in 28 Remarkable Operations (Hardback)

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'This is history with a surgeon's touch: deft, incisive and sometimes excruciatingly bloody' The Sunday Times



'Utterly eccentric and riveting' Mail on Sunday



'Eye-opening and, frequently, eye-watering . . . a book that invites readers to peer up the bottoms of kings, into the souls of rock stars and down the ear canals of astronauts' Daily Telegraph



How 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 surgery.

History & PoliticsHistory General & TheoryGeneral & world historyHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyMedical & VeterinaryMedicine: general issuesHistory of medicineMedical & VeterinarySurgeryGeneral surgery Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division Publication Date: 11/01/2018 ISBN-13: 9781473633650  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Arnold van de Laar is a surgeon in the Slotervaart Hospital in Amsterdam, specialising in laparoscopic surgery. Born in 1969 in the Dutch town of 's-Hertogenbosch, van de Laar became fascinated by how the human body works in school biology lessons and went on to study medicine at the Belgian University of Leuven. Having travelled the world - the Himalayas, Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal, Kashmir, and extensively in Africa - van de Laar took his first job as general surgeon on the Caribbean Island of Sint Maarten. He started writing pieces on surgical history in the Dutch medical journal Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Heelkunde in 2009. He now lives in Amsterdam with his wife and two children where, a true Dutchman, he cycles to work every day. This is his first book.

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