In The Butchering Art, historian Lindsey Fitzharris tells the story of a visionary British surgeon, Joseph Lister, whose quest to unite science and medicine delivered us into the modern world. With a novelist’s eye for detail, Fitzharris brilliantly brings to life the grisly world of Victorian surgery, revealing how one of Britain’s greatest medical minds finally brought centuries of savagery, sawing and gangrene to an end.
Daily Mail, Guardian, and Observer Books of the Year 2017
Winner of the 2018 PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing
Shortlisted for the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize
Shortlisted for the 2018 Wolfson Prize
Publisher: Penguin Books
Number of Pages: 304 Pages