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Dr. Mütter's marvels : a true tale of intrigue and innovation at the dawn of modern medicine

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz (Author)
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. Although he died at just forty-eight, Mütter 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, Mütter 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 Mütter Museum. Award-winning writer Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz vividly chronicles how Mütter'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 Mütter's "overly" modern medical opinions.) In the narrative spirit of The Devil in the White City, Dr. Mütter'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."--Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2015
First trade paperback edition View all formats and editions
Avery an imprint of Penguin Random House, New York, 2015
371 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
9781592409259, 1592409253
The City of Brotherly Love
To render evil more endurable
The medical Athens of America
A falcon flight
Ce que femme veut, Dieu le veut aussi!
The Great Thaw
The new Jefferson Medical College
The right arm of the College
Dwell not then upon what has been done
The root of the trouble
The world to come
The women who were swallowed by fire
To unmake monsters
To remedy evils
Gentlemen, this is no humbug
All the fair daughters of Eve
If I may but touch His garment, I shall be whole
These deeds of blood
That bourne from which no traveler returns
The rich fruits of life's labors
The voices of the illustrious dead
Look to God for pardon
While there is life, there is hope
Leave nothing undone
The world is no place of rest