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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.
Crucial Interventions The Sick Rose won ‘Book of the Year’ at the 2014 UK Book Design and Production awards.
978 0 500 517345 £19.95
or, An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles & Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery Richard Barnett and The Wellcome Collection The 19th century saw a complete transformation of the practice and reputation of surgery. Crucial Interventions follows its increasingly optimistic evolution, drawing from the very best examples of rare surgical textbooks with a focus on the extraordinary visual materials of the mid-19th century. Unnerving and graphic, yet beautifully rendered, these fascinating illustrations include step-by-step surgical techniques paired with medical instruments and painted depictions of operations in progress. Arranged for the layman from head to toe, and accompanied by an authoritative, eloquent and inspiring narrative from medical historian Richard Barnett, Crucial Interventions is a unique and captivating book on one of the world’s most macabre professions, and promises to be another success.
Praise for The Sick Rose: ‘A transfixing, sublime collection of portraits of the highest art’ The Times
‘Astonishing … superbly erudite and lucid accompanying text’ Will Self, The Guardian
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. c. 350 illustrations 24.0 x 17.0cm 256pp ISBN 978 0 500 518106 October £19.95