Lindsey Fitzharris is an author, medical historian, and television host. She is the creator of the popular blog, The Chirurgeon's Apprentice; and the writer and host of the TV series The Curious Life and Death Of... on the Smithsonian Channel.
27 books on the list
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Discover the unsung heroes of plastic and maxillofacial surgery in the first half of the 20th century in this fascinating book. Get to know Sir Harold Gillies, Sir Archibald McIndoe, Rainsford Mowlem, and Henry Pickerill and their contributions to reconstructive surgery during and after the two world wars. Learn about their lives and legacies in this in-depth read.
@Alexandra_nidd @Martinidoc @Chudaism_ @jonathan_ghosh @jtg_baoms @BAOMSOfficial A great book! I used it in my research – source
Discover the fascinating legacy of Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind and its problematic depictions of race and women. In this analysis, you'll explore the book's creation and its relationship to the myth of the Lost Cause, white feminism, and racial politics. Learn how the story foreshadows contemporary controversies over white nationalism, Black Lives Matter, and the removal of Confederate statues. Discover the value of this classic novel's uses and misuses of national mythologies and their impact on American culture today.
Happy #PubDay (Part II) to @sarahchurchwell, whose book THE WRATH TO COME is one of the most important histories I've read in recent times: – source
In this fascinating true tale, a brilliant and eccentric surgeon strives to transplant the human soul. Set during the Cold War, the story follows the race to master the inner space of the human body. Competing surgeons attempt to transplant organs like the kidney and heart, but Dr. Robert White has an even more ambitious thought: to transplant the brain. The book delves into complex matters of science, politics, and faith, revealing the murky ethics of experimentation and remarkable innovations that save patients from certain death. Join Dr. White on his decades-long quest to achieve the impossible and uncover the journey from science fiction to science fact.
If you love medical history (& I know you do because you follow me), then you'll love @bschillace. Her last book MR HUMBLE & DR BUTCHER is one of my favorites. It's the true story of a surgeon's quest to perform a "head transplant." Check it (& her) out: – source
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Discover the heroic and captivating world of The Facemaker, a true story by award-winning author Lindsey Fitzharris. Step into the shoes of pioneer plastic surgeon Harold Gillies, as he rebuilds the faces of World War I’s injured heroes and revolutionizes plastic surgery. Follow Gillies as he establishes one of the first hospitals dedicated to facial reconstruction and assembles an exceptional team of practitioners to restore not only the faces of the wounded but also their spirits. Experience the incredible courage and imagination that brings light to the darkest of times in this vivid account of how medicine becomes an art.
Thanks for featuring #TheFacemaker, @BookBrunch! "[A]lthough the book is packed with fascinating information, it read as easily as a novel...it is really inspiring and beautifully written." – source
This engaging and poignant true story follows the lives of two women living in earthquake-ravaged San Francisco and the Monterey Peninsula during the late Gilded Age. They each pursue different ambitions: Nora, a brilliant writer, seeks artistic recognition and refuge among the celebrated counterculturalists, while Carrie, a long-suffering wife, seeks stability through her marriage. Their paths cross when Nora finds herself in a desperate situation and takes refuge with the Sterlings, launching a love triangle that ends in tragedy. This forgotten chapter raises important questions about literary history and portrays America at a turning point in the early 1900s. This is a must-read for anyone intrigued by stories of strong women and historic American progressivism.
@cjp_still Well deserved! A brilliant book! – source
In this unsettling horror novel, a family moves to a quiet rural town in Maine only to discover a makeshift graveyard for beloved pets in the nearby woods. But there's something more sinister lurking beyond the boundaries of that cemetery, and as the family begins to unravel its secrets, they realize that death may not be the end after all.
I'm watching an old interview with Stephen King. The first horror book I ever read was Pet Sematary and it had a lasting impact on me. Say what you want about King, but he tells a damn good story. What's your favorite? My husband @TealCartoons drew this caricature of him for me. – source
Meet the eccentric medical innovator, John Hunter, who revolutionized surgery during an era when bloodletting was the go-to treatment for everything. His patients included luminaries such as Benjamin Franklin and Lord Byron, and his close acquaintances included "resurrection men." This captivating biography delves into Hunter's ruthless devotion to uncovering the secrets of the human body, including body snatching, pioneering medical experiments, and even infecting himself with venereal disease. Discover the extraordinary lengths to which he went to save lives and change the face of modern medicine.
@TNellster @MonicaAnnWalker @OldOpTheatre Great questions! Will you be attending the event? I hope so! Awesome that you are a descendant of John Hunter. Have you read @wendymoore99's excellent book, THE KNIFE MAN? – source
Faces from the Front delves into the history of the development of plastic surgery, particularly facial reconstruction surgery, during the First World War. The book explores the innovative techniques and multidisciplinary approach used by a team of surgeons and specialized staff at the Queen's Hospital in South-East London. Through detailed patient records and personal accounts, the book showcases the hospital's impact on the development of modern medical practice and the emotional impact of facial reconstruction on patients.
@PippyG82 He wrote an excellent book called Faces from the Front. It's rather academic though - and mine will be narrative nonfiction (reads more like a novel). So hopefully you'll feel it is a different slant on a familiar subject. – source
By E R Mayhew The Reconstruction of Warriors
Archibald McIndoe,the Royal Air Force and the Guinea Pig Club (First) [Hardcover]
A moving account of the rehabilitation of wounded soldiers returning from war. This book explores the physical and mental challenges faced by these brave warriors and the innovative techniques used to help them heal. With a 100% money back guarantee, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in the resilience of the human spirit.
@lives_of_riley That's a wonderful book, but focuses on WWII. Mine will focus on WWI so hopefully be a different slant on a familiar topic for you! – source
Explore the world-renowned medical museum through the eyes of a junior guide named A.J. Discover the unique and fascinating medical specimens and objects in the Mütter Museum's collection through playful illustrations and informative descriptions. From the height of the Giant to the length of the Megacolon, A.J. has all the answers to your medical questions. Learn about the intricacies of the human body and keep an eye out for some of the museum's most famous "see-through" residents. Perfect for science lovers of all ages.
THE MUTTER MUSEUM The @MutterMuseum is one of the strangest medical museums in the world, featuring oddities like a "giant megacolon." And now @muttercurator has written a children's book about this weird & wonderful collection. A fun read for all ages! – source
The Madman's Library by Edward Brooke-Hitching
A Cat's Tale by Paul Koudounaris
Apollo's Arrow by Nicholas A. Christakis
Dark Archives by Megan Rosenbloom
African Europeans by Olivette Otele
Medical Downfall of the Tudors by Sylvia Barbara Soberton
The Unidentified by Colin Dickey
Half Lives by Lucy Jane Santos
Hearing Happiness by Jaipreet Virdi
No Man's Land by Wendy Moore
The Fall of the House of Byron by Emily Brand
The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
Wounded by Emily Mayhew
Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
The Reconstruction of Warriors by E R Mayhew