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The Resource Dr. Mütter's marvels : a true tale of intrigue and innovation at the dawn of modern medicine, by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

Dr. Mütter's marvels : a true tale of intrigue and innovation at the dawn of modern medicine, by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

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Dr. Mütter's marvels : a true tale of intrigue and innovation at the dawn of modern medicine
Title
Dr. Mütter's marvels
Title remainder
a true tale of intrigue and innovation at the dawn of modern medicine
Statement of responsibility
by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country's most famous museum of medical oddities. Imagine undergoing an operation without anesthesia performed by a surgeon who refuses to sterilize his tools-or even wash his hands. This was the world of medicine when Thomas Dent Mütter began his trailblazing career as a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia during the middle of the nineteenth century. Although he died at just forty-eight, Mütter was an audacious medical innovator who pioneered the use of ether as anesthesia, the sterilization of surgical tools, and a compassion-based vision for helping the severely deformed, which clashed spectacularly with the sentiments of his time. Brilliant, outspoken, and brazenly handsome, Mütter was flamboyant in every aspect of his life. He wore pink silk suits to perform surgery, added an umlaut to his last name just because he could, and amassed an immense collection of medical oddities that would later form the basis of Philadelphia's Mütter Museum. Award-winning writer Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz vividly chronicles how Mütter's efforts helped establish Philadelphia as a global mecca for medical innovation-despite intense resistance from his numerous rivals. (Foremost among them : Charles D. Meigs, an influential obstetrician who loathed Mütter's "overly" modern medical opinions.) In the narrative spirit of The Devil in the White City, Dr. Mütter's Marvels interweaves an eye-opening portrait of nineteenth-century medicine with the riveting biography of a man once described as the "P.T. Barnum of the surgery room."--Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DNLM/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Aptowicz, Cristin O'Keefe
Dewey number
  • 617.092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RD27.35.M88
LC item number
A68 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
WZ 100
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mütter, Thomas D.
  • Mütter Museum
  • General Surgery
  • Physicians
  • General Surgery
  • History, 19th Century
  • Museums
  • Pathology
Label
Dr. Mütter's marvels : a true tale of intrigue and innovation at the dawn of modern medicine, by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000154772
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
371 pages
Isbn
9781592408702
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2014014747
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
Inscribed to Robert Hicks and signed by the author.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 154772
  • (OCoLC)871509046
Label
Dr. Mütter's marvels : a true tale of intrigue and innovation at the dawn of modern medicine, by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000154772
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
371 pages
Isbn
9781592408702
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2014014747
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
Inscribed to Robert Hicks and signed by the author.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 154772
  • (OCoLC)871509046

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