Crucial Interventions

Crucial Interventions

An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles & Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery.

(In association with Wellcome Collection)
  1. Richard Barnett
  2. Foreword by Professor Roger L. Kneebone
  • ISBN 9780500518106
  • 24.00 x 17.00 cm
  • Quarterbound/PLC (no jacket)
  • 256pp
  • Illustrated in colour and black and white throughout
  • First published 2015

Crucial Interventions is a startling look at the golden age of surgery through gruesome yet beautiful technical illustrations and paintings from the Wellcome Collection, written by the bestselling author of The Sick Rose

‘An extraordinary array of illustrations ... A book that will appeal to all lovers of medical history ’ – British Journal of Hospital Medicine

Crucial Interventions
Crucial Interventions

Chaptered from head to toe, this compelling volume interweaves graphic illustrations of surgical techniques and instruments from rare, nineteenth-century textbooks with engrossing and enlightening thematic articles by medical historian Richard Barnett.

Richard Barnett’s first book, Medical London: City of Diseases, City of Cures, was published in 2008 and was a Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4. His second book, The Sick Rose, was published by Thames & Hudson in 2014.

The Sick Rose – Or: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration
    ‘A transfixing, sublime collection of portraits of the highest art’ – The Times
    ‘Astonishing … superbly erudite and lucid accompanying text’ – Will Self, The Guardian

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