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Dr. Mutter's Marvels : A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine / by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz.

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  • ISBN: 9781592408702 (hb.)
  • Physical Description: 369 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Gotham Books, 2014.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.: A mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country's most famous museum of medical oddities. Imagine undergoing an operation without anesthesia performed by a surgeon who refuses to sterilize his tools-or even wash his hands. This was the world of medicine when Thomas Dent Mütter began his trailblazing career as a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia during the middle of the nineteenth century. Dr. Mutter's Marvels interweaves an eye-opening portrait of nineteenth-century medicine with the riveting biography of a man once described as the "P.T. Barnum of the surgery room."
Subject: Mütter, Thomas D. (Thomas Dent), 1811-1859.
Surgeons > United States > Biography.
Surgery > United States > History > 19th century.

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