The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice: ‘Best Individual Blog’ in 2011!

I am thrilled to announce that The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice has been awarded a Cliopatria Award for ‘Best Individual Blog’ in 2011. In conjunction with the American Historical Association (AHA) and History News Network at George Mason University, awards are granted annually to the best historical blogs on the net. Winners were announced at the AHA conference in Chicago on January 6th. Here’s what the judges had to say about the website:

The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice is “dedicated to the horrors of pre-anaesthetic surgery,” but this creative and impeccably crafted blog accomplishes much more. Medical historian Lindsey Fitzharris brings the corporeal body into history. Drawing on a range of sources, from seventeenth-century medical treatises to Shakespeare, she illuminates the physical dimensions of the history of sickness, death and dying. The blog brings medical history to a broader audience, with intriguing posts that, for example, set modern practices like blood transfusions and organ transplantation in the context of a history of belief in the body as an instrument of healing, which included cannibalistic practices. Fitzharris’ posts are illustrated with striking photographs of historic medical specimens, such as the preserved left ventricle of a woman’s heart from 1765, showing the damage caused by myocardial infarction, posted, appropriately enough, on Valentine’s Day.

I originally began The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice as a way of reaching out to friends and family who did not understand what it was I did as a historian of medicine. Since its inception in September 2010, however, the website has taken on a life of its own, far exceeding all my expectations.

I am eternally grateful to all those who read and engage with The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice.  Without you, this website would have little meaning.

I am looking forward to 2012, and all the blood & gore it might bring!

By | 2012-01-08T14:25:26+00:00 January 8th, 2012|Casebooks|18 Comments


  1. LearningEveryDay (@WhatILearned2DA) January 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Congratulations, and well deserved!

  2. nightsmusic January 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on a very well deserved award! I read your blog faithfully, whether I comment or not, and have loved every article. They are always interesting and informative and right up my alley where the ‘blood and fore’ is concerned. :o)

    Here’s to a slew of new things for me to learn in 2012.

    • The Chirurgeon's Apprentice January 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm - Reply

      Many thanks for your kind words! It is always great to hear from readers – I am still astonished by the level of interest in the website, and am, of course, very grateful for your continued support.

  3. Lynda Payne January 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Congratulations! Richly deserved.

  4. Greg Ginex January 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Lindsey!

  5. FORD Brian January 9, 2012 at 3:20 am - Reply

    I would normally tell you that I’m pleasantly surprised, but your numerous achievements over the years, although I’m greatly pleased, no longer surprise me! Way to go again, Lindsay!

  6. Peggy Smith January 11, 2012 at 2:39 am - Reply

    I have enjoyed all of your blogs Lindsey. Being in the medical field, I find them most interesting. They never taught these things in nusing school.
    thanks again. Peggy Smith RN

  7. quorlia February 10, 2012 at 3:48 am - Reply


  8. emma February 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    I found your blog while researching the history of the bidet, which lead to 18th C syphilis, which lead me here… and now I’m stuck reading this fascinatingly macabre and totally original blog when I should be working. Great writing, great looking blog, great fun. Thanks. Emma

    • The Chirurgeon's Apprentice February 15, 2012 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      Thanks Emma! It’s always great to hear from people who read and enjoy the blog. I began The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice as a way of reaching out to friends and family who did not understand what it was I did as a historian of medicine. The website has exceeded all my expectations. I really enjoy writing for it – more blood and gore to come!

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  9. dave September 2, 2012 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    With 225000 deaths due to medocal errors each year overuse pf antibiottiocs hospital associated infections we shouldnt male fun of medocal follies of the past but should try to correct the numerous errors.of today.

    • The Chirurgeon's Apprentice September 2, 2012 at 7:06 pm - Reply

      Thanks Dave. This site isn’t “making” fun of the past – merely describing what went on centuries ago. I agree that medicine is far from “perfect” today.

      • Featured E-Magazine September 24, 2014 at 4:16 am - Reply

        Dave seems to have trouble with his english, grammar and writing skills.

        • The Chirurgeon's Apprentice September 24, 2014 at 4:18 am - Reply

          Ha! So true. Thanks for pointing this old comment out again – lots of laughs.

          • Featured E-Magazine September 24, 2014 at 4:19 am

            Yes, I’m researching your blog entirely for the interview and came on this comment, I couldn’t stop laughing!

          • The Chirurgeon's Apprentice September 24, 2014 at 4:20 am

            Ah, good times. I suspect the random comments will only increase as time goes on! I already got some bizarre ones due to the release of the YouTube series today!

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