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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?