For fear of pain, British surgery, 1790-1850 / Peter Stanley.
- Other records:
- Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2003.
- Clio Medica 70.
The Wellcome series in the history of medicine
Clio medica, 0045-7183 ; 70
1 online resource (362 pages) : illustrations.
- Surgery -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Pain -- Social aspects.
- Oh, you hurt me, Sir! … are you going to do it again? – A patient, 1832 For Fear of Pain offers a social history of the operating room in Britain during the final decades of painful surgery. It asks profound questions: how could surgeons operate upon conscious patients? How could patients submit? It presents a revisionist view of surgery, hygiene, nursing, military and naval surgery and the introduction of anaesthesia. For Fear of Pain seeks to unite the clinical with the human. Drawing on fresh evidence, it offers powerful insights into the experience of painful surgery. It is populated by the characters, ambitions, and animosities of the ‘great men’ of contemporary medicine, by the young men who grew into surgeons, and by the patients whose ‘fortitude’ was so notable.
- Preliminary Material
Introduction: ‘Painful, difficult, bloody, tedious and dangerous’
‘Surgeons and operators’: The Surgeons’ World
‘Modern surgeons’: Medical Knowledge and Surgery
‘Capital operations’: Major Surgery
‘A hard set of butchers’?: Wartime Surgery, 1793-1815
‘In process of cure’: Hospitals and Surgical Healing
‘Gennelmen!’: Medical Students
‘The living subject’: Surgeons and Patients
‘The cutting part’: In the Operating Room
‘Our little patient’: Surgeons and Children
‘Fortitude’: The Patient’s Experience of Surgery
‘The rights of pain’: The Acceptance of Anaesthesia
Epilogue: ‘Long fixed in the memory’: The Legacy of Painful Surgery
- "Bibliography": pages 325-348.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1163/9789004333550 DOI
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