Double Life of a Medical Pioneer

Says Terry Gross of NPR’s Fresh Air, “Chances are, you’ve never heard of William Stewart Halsted, but if you’ve ever had a surgical procedure of any kind, you could say he’s affected your life…no one did more to modernize medical surgery.”

He was also a cocaine and morphine addict.

Gerald Imber, who has written a book about Halsted, was interviewed on last night’s show (listen here. Warning: surgical procedures are described; don’t listen before lunch)

The book rose to #74 on Amazon. Library ordering is light.

Genius on the Edge: The Bizarre Double Life of Dr. William Stewart Halsted
Gerald Imber
Retail Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 412 pages
Publisher: Kaplan Publishing – (2010-02-02)
ISBN / EAN: 1607146274 / 9781607146278

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