The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice in Wellcome History

‘When people first discover that I am a historian of medicine, they often falter as they try to process this information. Most of the time, the response is: “That’s a real job?” It is an innocent reaction, not intended to be insulting, and is usually followed by a barrage of questions about my research. What kind of work does a historian of medicine do? Were people really bled by leeches in the past? How long did it take surgeons to amputate a limb before the discovery of anaesthetics? At the end of these conversations, one thing is always clear. They want to know more.’

Read the article recently featured in Wellcome History (pp. 12-13) about The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice!

By | 2012-05-15T13:22:09+00:00 May 15th, 2012|Casebooks|2 Comments


  1. nightsmusic May 17, 2012 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    I’ve been a constant reader since I stumbled across your blog. I don’t even remember how. Maybe it was the research I was doing on Resurrectionists for a story I’m still working on. But I find it fascinating and have gained a wealth of information from you I would never have gotten otherwise.

    Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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