Imagine performing surgery on a patient without anaesthetic, administering medicine that could kill or cure. Welcome to the world of the surgeon-apothecary...During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries significant changes occurred in medicine. New treatments were developed and medical training improved. Yet, with doctors' fees out of the reach of ordinary people, most relied on the advice of their local apothecary, among them, the poet John Keats, who worked at Guys Hospital in London. These men were the general practitioners of their time, making up pills and potions for everything from toothache to childbirth. Death, Disease and Dissection examines the vital role these men played their training, the role they played within their communities, the treatments they offered, both quack and reputable against the shocking sights and sounds in hospitals and operating theatres of the time. Suzie Grogan transports readers through 100 years of medical history, exploring the impact of illness and death and bringing the experiences of the surgeon apothecary vividly to life.
Suzie Grogan is a freelance writer and researcher. Having first pursued a career in law she then went on to postgraduate study in economic and business research and the Arts. Previously publishing reports in the fields of social exclusion and national and local labour markets, Suzie now writes for a number of national magazines, from publications on disability to womens issues and family and social history. Her first book Dandelions and Bad Hair Days, an anthology of prose and poetry for mental health charities is out now. See her website http://nowrigglingoutofwriting.wordpress.com for more information