The Butchering Art

Wednesday 6 December, 7pm


We are delighted to welcome Dr Lindsey Fitzharris to Dr Jenner’s House to celebrate the launch of her new book: The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine.

Surgeons are the miracle-workers of the 21st Century, but it was not always so. In The Butchering Art, historian Lindsey Fitzharris recreates the turning point in the history of medicine, when pioneering British surgeon Joseph Lister transformed his brutal, harrowing practice into the safe, vaunted profession we know today. It is the story of one of history’s greatest scientific minds and a love story between science and medicine, of how Lister finally brought centuries of savagery, sawing and gangrene to an end, and saved hundreds of millions of lives in the generations to come.

Described by Stephen Fry as “delightfully morbid and well-researched”, Lindsey is the creator of the popular blog The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice and writer and presenter of the YouTube series Under the Knife. She has appeared on Channel 4, BBC, PBS and National Geographic and is a purveyor of gruesome artefacts on social media.

Lindsey will be discussing her book and the work of Joseph Lister with Professor Gareth Williams, author of Angel of Death: The Story of Smallpox. Buy your tickets by 23 November and get entry to the talk and a copy of The Butchering Art for £16.99. Or, you can just buy tickets for the talk for £5.

Please note this event takes place in the Old Cyder House Conference Centre at the museum. Doors open at 6:30pm.

This event has now sold out and tickets will not be available on the door. We apologise for any disappointment.

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