Digging Up the Dead
Uncovering the Life and Times of an Extraordinary Surgeon
By (author) Druin Burch
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Digging Up the Dead by Druin Burch
Book DescriptionA tearaway young man from Norfolk, Astley Cooper (1768-1841) became the world's richest and most famous surgeon. Admired from afar by the Brontes and up close by his student Keats, his success was born of an appetite for bloody revolutions. He set up an international network of bodysnatchers, won the Royal Society's highest prize and boasted to Parliament that there was no one whose body he could not steal. Experimenting on his neighbours' corpses and the living bodies of their stolen pets, his discoveries were as great as his infamy. Caught up in the French Revolution, and in attempts to bring radical democracy to Britain, Cooper nevertheless rose to become surgeon to royals from the Prince Regent to Queen Victoria. Setting the past against his own reactions to autopsies and operations, hospitals and poetry, Burch's "Digging Up the Dead" is a riveting account of a world of gothic horror as well as fertile idealism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845950132
(198mm x 129mm x 19mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 6-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Druin Burch
Taking the Medicine, Paperback (January 2010)» View all books by Druin Burch
Doctors and patients alike trust the medical profession and its therapeutic powers; yet this trust has often been misplaced. From revolutionary America to Nazi Germany and modern big-pharmaceuticals, this title tells the story of just how bad medicine has been, and of its remarkably effort to improve.
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Author Biography - Druin Burch
Druin Burch works as a hospital doctor in Oxford, and is the author of Taking the Medicine.
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