Dr. Mütter's Marvels

Dr. Mütter's Marvels

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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 M#65533;tter began his trailblazing career as a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia during the middle of the nineteenth century.
 
Although he died at just forty-eight, M#65533;tter 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, M#65533;tter 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 Philadelphia's M#65533;tter Museum.
 
Award-winning writer Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz vividly chronicles how M#65533;tter's efforts helped establish Philadelphia as a global mecca for medical innovation--despite intense resistance from his numerous rivals. (Foremost among them: Charles D. Meigs, an influential obstetrician who loathed M#65533;tter's "overly" modern medical opinions.) In the narrative spirit of The  Devil in the White City, Dr. M#65533;tter'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."
Publisher: Random House Digital,, 2014.
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780553545166
0553545167
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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JCLAmyF Oct 10, 2014

Fascinating! And compellingly read as an audiobook. Mutter's medical genius and eccentric personality make for a perfectly captivating book for science geeks and all curious souls. Absolutely enjoyed it.


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JCLAmyF Oct 10, 2014

Fascinating! And compellingly read as an audiobook. Mutter's medical genius and eccentric personality make for a perfectly captivating book for science geeks and all curious souls. Absolutely enjoyed it.

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