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Butchering Art: Lindsey Fitzharris & the origins of modern medicine

November 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free - £16.99

8pm start, Wednesday 29th November, in the Bookshop.

Butchering Art historian Lindsey Fitzharris recreates the turning point in the history of medicine when pioneering British surgeon transformed his brutal, harrowing practice into the safe, vaunted profession we know today. Fitzharris’ account of John Lister is a fascinating, hugely entertaining love letter to science, medicine, and a man whose breakthroughs have saved hundred of millions of lives. It is also, according to Stephen Fry, “Delightfully morbid and well-researched“.

Lindsey Fitzharris received her doctorate in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology at the University of Oxford and was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Wellcome Institute. She is the creator of the popular website The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice, and she writes and presents the YouTube series Under the Knife. She has written for the Guardian, the Lancet, the New Scientist, the Huffington Post and may more.

Expect a candlelit adventure into our gruesome past!

Lindsey’s talk will be followed by a signing, when there will be an opportunity to purchase the book, meet the author and have copies signed and dedicated. The evening will be chaired by the fantastic journalist and writer Kaite Welsh, whose novel The Wages of Sin offers a fictionalized, feminist take on medicine in Victorian Edinburgh.

Part of Book Week Scotland!


November 29, 2017
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free - £16.99


Lighthouse Bookshop
43-45 West Nicolson Street
Edinburgh, Mid-Lothian EH8 9DB United Kingdom