The Lazy Historian

Review: Death, Disease & Dissection
December 29, 2017

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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?

 

Jillianne Hamilton is a history enthusiast, a hoarder of books, and the author of The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII. Jill launched The Lazy Historian in 2015. She lives in Charlottetown on Canada’s beautiful east coast. Learn more.
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Hi, I'm Jillianne.

I'm a lover of history, a hoarder of books, and the author of The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII.

The Lazy Historian is a history blog featuring stories from the past with sass. With a focus on Western European and women's history, I delve into anything fascinating. Learn more.

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