The Knife Man - The Extraordinary Life and Times of John Hunter, Father of Modern Surgery-logo

The Knife Man - The Extraordinary Life and Times of John Hunter, Father of Modern Surgery

Wendy Moore

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When Robert Louis Stevenson wrote his gothic horror story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, he based the house of the genial doctor-turned-fiend on the home of John Hunter. The choice was understandable, for Hunter was both widely acclaimed and greatly feared. From humble origins, John Hunter rose to become the most famous anatomist and surgeon of the eighteenth century. In an age when operations were crude, extremely painful, and often fatal, he rejected medieval traditions to forge a revolution in surgery founded on pioneering scientific experiments. Using the knowledge he gained from countless human dissections, Hunter worked to improve medical care for both the poorest and the best-known figures of the era-including Sir Joshua Reynolds and the young Lord Byron. An insatiable student of all life-forms, Hunter was also an expert naturalist. He kept exotic creatures in his country menagerie and dissected the first animals brought back by Captain Cook from Australia. Ultimately his research led him to expound highly controversial views on the age of the earth, as well as equally heretical beliefs on the origins of life more than sixty years before Darwin published his famous theory. Although a central figure of the Enlightenment, Hunter's tireless quest for human corpses immersed him deep in the sinister world of body snatching. He paid exorbitant sums for stolen cadavers and even plotted successfully to steal the body of Charles Byrne, famous in his day as the "Irish giant." In The Knife Man, Wendy Moore unveils John Hunter's murky and macabre world-a world characterized by public hangings, secret expeditions to dank churchyards, and gruesome human dissections in pungent attic rooms. This is a fascinating portrait of a remarkable pioneer and his determined struggle to haul surgery out of the realms of meaningless superstitious ritual and into the dawn of modern medicine.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Steve West

Length:

13h 29m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:23


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:22


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:48


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:00


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:24


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:23


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:05


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:31


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:35


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:17


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:45


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:42


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:43


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:11


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:30


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:56


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:49


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:38


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:19


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:56


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:19


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:16


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:38


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:52


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:16


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:06


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:58


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:15


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:49


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:47


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:44


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:52


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:32


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:19


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:45


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:05


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:03


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:13


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:48


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:32


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:49


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:24


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:32


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

09:28


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:58


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:24


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:43


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:24


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:54


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:48


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:08


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:48


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:01


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:31


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:34


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:02


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:12


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:37


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:12


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:58


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:35


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:04


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:50


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:33


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:08


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:16


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:06


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:18


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:00


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:34


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:31


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:52


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:19


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:20


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:19


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:26


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:50


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:11


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:17


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:25


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:30


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:02


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:17


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:05


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:00


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:13


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:52


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:49


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:56


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:16


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:58


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:23


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:08


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:34


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:39


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:46


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:27


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:02


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:27


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:31


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:59


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:22


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:11


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

08:21


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:47


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:31


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

00:34