In an era when bloodletting was considered a cure for everything from colds to smallpox, pioneering surgeon John Hunter was an innovator and an eccentric. Wendy Moore gives us a man who revolutionized surgical procedures and counted Benjamin Franklin, Lord Byron, Adam Smith, and Thomas Gainsborough among his patients. But Hunter was also a close associate of "resurrection men"—body snatchers—and Moore's captivating portrait reveals the extraordinary lengths to which the good doctor went in his devotion to uncovering the secrets of the human body.
"Definitely not for the squeamish, Moore's visceral portrait of this complex and brilliant man offers a wonderful insight into sickness, suffering, and surgery in the 18th century."—Guardian (UK)