Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine

By | January 9, 2018
Dr. Mutter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine Author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz
ISBN-10 1592409253
ISBN-13 9781592409259
Year 2015-09-08
Pages 384
Language English
Publisher Avery
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Amesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the countrys most famous museum of medical oddities Imagine undergoing an operation without anesthesia performed by a surgeon who refuses to sterilize his toolsor even wash his hands This was the world of medicine when Thomas Dent Mtter began his trailblazing career as a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia during the mid nineteenth century Although he died at just forty eight Mtter was an audacious medical innovator who pioneered the use of ether as anesthesia the sterilization of surgical tools and a compassion based vision for helping the severely deformed which clashed spectacularly with the sentiments of his time Brilliant outspoken and brazenly handsome Mtter was flamboyant in every aspect of his life He wore pink silk suits to perform surgery added an umlaut to his last name just because he could and amassed an immense collection of medical oddities that would later form the basis of Philadelphias renowned Mtter Museum Award winning writer Cristin OKeefe Aptowicz vividly chronicles how Mtters efforts helped establish Philadelphia as a global mecca for medical innovationdespite intense resistance from his numerous rivals Foremost among them Charles D Meigs an influential obstetrician who loathed Mtters overly modern medical opinions In the narrative spirit ofThe Devil in the White City Dr Mtters Marvelsinterweaves 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

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