In the Middle Ages, surgery was performed by barbers, owing to their skill with sharp instruments. In the mid-19th century, a Ã¢ÂÂgrand exhibitionÃ¢ÂÂ of the effects of laughing gas inadvertently led to the discovery of anaesthesia. Three decades later, Louis Pasteur enjoyed a crucial breakthrough in his search for vaccinations because his assistant decided, against his orders, to take a vacation.
InÃÂ Medicine: A Graphic History,ÃÂ surgeon and professor of medical history Jean-NoÃÂ«l Fabiani stitches together the most significant and intriguing episodes from the history of medicine, from chance breakthroughs to hard-fought scientific discoveries.
Spanning centuries and crossing continents, this fast-paced and yet rigorously detailed graphic novel guides us through one of the most wondrous strands of human history, covering everything from blood-letting to organ donation, x-rays to prosthetics.