Review of Lindsey Fitzharris’s The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine

Livia Arndal Woods Lindsey Fitzharris’s 2017 The Butchering Art is a compelling medical biography of Joseph Lister, pioneer of antiseptic surgical theory and practice. Lister’s work, building on the germ-theories of Louis Pasteur, “Transform[ed] the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine” from a chaotic and deadly battle against seemingly inevitable infections to a more systematic and…

The Role of Health Professionals in Treating Epidemic Violence

Lara Boyle   The face of the young man before me is split open, in a line that extends from his chin to upper lip. Blood drips from the bottom corner of once-white, now-saturated gauze, which I hold in place with blue-gloved hands. Here in the emergency room at Harlem Hospital, surgeons bustle around me…