Victorian Medicine

The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine” by Lindsey Fitzharris. In The Butchering Art, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of nineteenth-century surgery and shows how it was transformed by advances made in germ theory and antiseptics between 1860 and 1875. 

Cholera: The Victorian Plague” Amanda Thomas. Discover the story of the disease that devastated the Victorian population, and brought about major changes in sanitation. Drawing on the latest scientific research and a wealth of archival material, Amanda Thomas uses firs-hand accounts, blending personal stories with an overview of the history of the disease and its devastating aftereffects on British society. 

“Victorian Medicine and Popular Culture” Louise Penner. This collection of essays explores the rise of scientific medicine and its impact on Victorian popular culture. 

“The Electric Corset and Other Victorian Miracles: Medical Devices and Treatments from the Golden Age of Quackery” Jeremy Agnew Through the Victorian and Edwardian eras, various health movements emerged in the transition to the modern age of scientific medicine. Strange medical devices and quack cures were pushed, often using crude remedies based on simplistic beliefs and the placebo effect. Currently, some of these treatments appear absurd, even cruel.