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The Palgrave Handbook of the History of Surgery

Editors: Schlich, Thomas (Ed.)

  • Examines the fundamental developments in the technical, social and cultural history of surgery and reflects the state of historical research on the topic
  • Focuses on surgery as a manual, instrumental, science-based activity that intentionally violates the body’s integrity
  • Provides a comprehensive starting point for anyone wanting to obtain up-to-date information about the various topics within the history of surgery
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About this book

This handbook covers the technical, social and cultural history of surgery. It reflects the state of the art and suggests directions for future research. It discusses what is different and specific about the history of surgery - a manual activity with a direct impact on the patient’s body. The individual entries in the handbook function as starting points for anyone who wants to obtain up-to-date information about an area in the history of surgery for purposes of research or for general orientation. Written by 26 experts from 6 countries, the chapters discuss the essential topics of the field (such as anaesthesia, wound infection, instruments, specialization), specific domains areas (for example, cancer surgery, transplants, animals, war), but also innovative themes (women, popular culture, nursing, clinical trials) and make connections to other areas of historical research (such as the history of emotions, art, architecture, colonial history). 

Chapters 16 and 18 of this book are available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at link.springer.com

About the authors

Thomas Schlich, MD, is James McGill Professor in the History of Medicine at the Department Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University, Canada, and has a double qualification as physician and historian. His research interests include the history of modern medicine and science from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century. He has previously written books on transplantation, and on operative fracture care as a domain where surgery, science, and industry come together. He is currently working on a monograph about the emergence of modern surgery, 1800-1914.

Reviews

“This handbook represents a coming of age for the history of surgery.  Scholarship in the field has grown rapidly in recent years. Now we have a well-organized volume to map out its areas of research with special attention to the established historiography.  Individual chapters are of a consistently high quality, and the work as a whole has a thoughtful coherence, with multiple chapters developing shared themes and useful crosstalk among contributors.” (Christopher Crenner, Robert Hudson and Ralph Major Professor, University of Kansas, USA)

Table of contents (3 chapters)

  • Surgery and Its Histories: Purposes and Contexts

    Christopher Lawrence

    Pages

  • Visualizing Surgery: Surgeons’ Use of Images, 1600–Present

    Harriet Palfreyman, Christelle Rabier

    Pages

  • Introduction: What Is Special About the History of Surgery?

    Thomas Schlich

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Buy this book

eBook $189.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95260-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $239.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95259-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Palgrave Handbook of the History of Surgery
Editors
  • Thomas Schlich
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95260-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95260-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95259-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 578
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations, 17 illustrations in colour
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