Belly-rippers, Surgical Innovation And The Ovariotomy Controversy

January 15, 2019|
Belly-rippers, Surgical Innovation And The Ovariotomy Controversy by Sally Frampton
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This open access book looks at the dramatic history of ovariotomy, an operation to remove ovarian tumours first practiced in the early nineteenth century. Bold and daring, surgeons who performed it claimed to be initiating a new era of surgery by opening the abdomen. Ovariotomy soon occupied a complex position within medicine and society, as an operation which symbolised surgical progress, while also remaining at the boundaries of ethical acceptability. This book traces the operation''s innovation, from its roots in eighteenth-century pathology, through the denouncement of those who performed it as ''belly-rippers'', to its rapid uptake in the 1880s, when ovariotomists were accused of over-operating. Throughout the century, the operation was never a hair''s breadth from controversy.

Sally Frampton is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford, UK. She has previously published on surgery in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and on the history of the medical press.
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Title:Belly-rippers, Surgical Innovation And The Ovariotomy Controversy
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:267 pages, 8.27 X 5.83 X 0 in
Shipping dimensions:267 pages, 8.27 X 5.83 X 0 in
Published:January 15, 2019
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9783319786100

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