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Clearly an homage to the man to whom “virtually every academically affiliated surgeon can trace his or her teachers,” teaching surgeon Imber’s effort is more than a biography. It is a scholarly reconstruction, complete with historical perspective, of the life of a man who managed to revolutionize surgical practices and, indeed, the entire field of surgery, while battling the enduring and debilitating consequences of self-inflicted medical experimentation. To make surgery more efficient for surgeons, safer, and freer of pain for patients, Halsted began to explore various methods of anesthesia, including the then recently discovered drug, cocaine. He became addicted. Failure to kick that addiction played havoc with his professional life and ultimately forced him to turn optimistically to heroin, generally thought at the time to be an effective treatment. The result was lifelong heroin dependence, despite which he was eventually able to not only function but also continue a brilliant career. Imber’s academic style and inclusive approach are solid but may not appeal to all tastes. --Donna Chavez --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Gerald Imber’s new biography is the first retelling of Halsted’s story in many decades and a particularly expert and thought-provoking narrative makes the intense strangeness of Halsted’s subsequent career a gripping story.”—Abigail Zuger, New York Times Science section
“…Dr. Gerald Imber's unpredictable and unflappable biography, an intrigue-filled life story that's also a sweeping pop medical history, depicts an individual who was two different kinds of good - make that, great - doctor.” —Baltimore Sun
"With this engaging (if spectacularly subtitled) biography, Imber brings into focus the amazing strides medicine has made over 150 years." —Publishers Weekly
"Imber provides a few other colorful details about Halsted: He named his dachshunds "Nip" and "Tuck" and was such an indifferent college student that "there is no record of Halsted ever having borrowed a book from the Yale library." He did crack a book during his senior year: Gray's "Anatomy," which inspired him to pursue medicine." —Washington Post
“A gripping mixture of medical history and detailed biographical analysis...” —Huffington Post
“He provides a vivid sense of many “larger-than-life personalities,” including those of William Welch, William Osler, Howard Kelly, Harvey Cushing, and Walter Dandy. His powers of description are compelling, and his carefully chosen words seem to let the monumental events speak for themselves. The book is a must-read for residents. The residency of the 21st century is evolving from that of the 20th, but it will be a long time before Halsted's imprint is no longer palpable.” —Anesthesiology
“Gerald Imber has captured in one grisly sweep the barbarism of both early surgery and the manure-trodden streets it grew from. Like Doctorow's RAGTIME, it's evocative in broad strokes….Not just for history buffs, Imber gives any reader a character for the ages. Riveting.” —Mary Karr, author of The Liars’ Club
This biography of Dr. William Halstead, one of the founding fathers of modern surgery, is impressive. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Renato M.E. Sabbatini
Stranger than fiction! My husband is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, interned at Hopkins (back in the days of the "iron men") and is a Professor now. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alice
It was well written and I thought so much of it that I bought a copy to be sent to my granddaughter who studying to be a nurse.Published 3 months ago by Earl Nielsen
Interesting read on some of the most instrumental physicians in modern medicine. Disorganized and seemed to be unedited. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alex Kryszuk
Very interesting and generally very well written. The book was as much about Johns Hopkins as Dr. Halstead but well done. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joe H
This would have deserved a five star rating if it had not been for the several times that nearly exactly repetitions of material occurred. In different places. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael Blair
Every medical professional should read this book. It gives the reader a history of how modern medicine and medical education came about in the late 1800's and early 1900's.Published 8 months ago by Adam