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Women Under the Knife: A History of Surgery
Ann Dally (au)
In 1811 Fanny Burney, then Madame d’Arblay, wrote a harrowing journal about an operation she had endured for breast cancer. These were the days before anesthetics, and many people preferred to suffer their pain -- whatever the consequences -- rather than to submit to the terrifying hands of the surgeons. Because operations on ovaries were the major development of internal surgery in the 19th century, women bore the brunt of surgical experimentation and also reaped its rewards. The story continues with the obstacles faced by the earliest women doctors, such as Elizabeth Blackwell and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson. “A vivid picture -- literary, medical and sociological -- of Victorian society in America and Europe.” Illustrations.
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