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Author Aptowicz, Cristin O'Keefe, author.

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

Publication Info. New York, New York : Gotham Books, [2014]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 DeKalb PL Adult Non-Fiction - DKLY-12  617.092 APT    AVAILABLE
 Fossil Ridge PL - Main Adult Non Fiction - FRBB-2  617.092 APT    AVAILABLE
 Freeport PL Adult Non-Fiction - FPLY-13  617.092 APT    AVAILABLE
 Genoa PL Stacks - GELY-12  NF 617.092 APT    AVAILABLE
 Ida PL Adult Biography - IPLY-12  B MUTTER    AVAILABLE
 Joliet Twp High SD 204 - Central Campus Adult Fiction - JCHB-1  617.092 APT    LIB USE ONLY
 Joliet Twp HS SD 204 - West Campus Adult Non-Fiction - JWHB-1  617.092 APT    AVAILABLE
 Manteno PL Adult Non-Fiction - MNBB-2  617.092 APT    AVAILABLE
 Mokena Community PL Adult Non-Fiction - MKBB-1  617.092 MUT    AVAILABLE
 Moline PL Adult Biography - MPLG-1  B MUT    AVAILABLE

Description 371 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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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.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Mütter, Thomas D. (Thomas Dent), 1811-1859.
Mütter, Thomas D. (Thomas Dent), 1811-1859.
Mütter Museum.
Mütter Museum.
Physicians -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Biography.
Medical innovations.
General Surgery -- Pennsylvania -- Biography.
Physicians -- Pennsylvania -- Biography.
General Surgery -- history -- Pennsylvania.
History, 19th Century -- Pennsylvania.
Museums -- history -- Pennsylvania.
Pathology -- history -- Pennsylvania.
ISBN 9781592408702 hardback
1592408702 hardback

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