Review: Death, Disease & Dissection

This book was sent to me by Pen and Sword Books in exchange for an honest review.

Death, Disease & Dissection: The Life of a Surgeon-Apothecary (1750-1850) by Suzie Grogan is a deep dive into the education and lives of a medical professional’s life over the span of 100 years.

This fairly short book includes different aspects of a physician’s duties, various types of medical careers one could go into during that period, medical quackery, the development and horrors of the Victorian hospital, bodysnatchers, some examples of some well-known physicians from the era and more.

The appendixes feature treatments, common complaints and women in medicine. I’m glad they’re included but I wish more focus had been given to those topics.

Still, this concise handbook is a good addition to any medical historian’s library, especially if they are new to the topic.

This book also includes some very nice black and white images for context. Who doesn’t love old-timey medical drawings?


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jillianne hamilton headshotJillianne Hamilton is an author, history enthusiast, book lover and graphic designer. Her debut novel, Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, was shortlisted for the 2016 Prince Edward Island Book Award. Her debut non-fiction book, The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII is now available. She lives in Charlottetown on Canada's beautiful east coast.
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