Crucial Interventions is a captivating look at the early history of surgery, one of the world’s most mysterious and macabre professions.
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British Book Design and Production Awards: Book of the Year
A beautifully gruesome and strangely fascinating visual tour through disease in an age before colour photography.
This stunning volume, combining detailed illustrations of afflicted patients from some of the worlds rarest medical books, forms an unforgettable and profoundly human reminder of mankinds struggle with disease. Incorporating historic maps, pioneering charts and contemporary case notes, Richard Barnett’s evocative overview reveals the fears and obsessions of an era gripped by epidemics.
“A transfixing, sublime collection of portraits of the highest art.”
“Superbly erudite and lucid.”
“[A] trove of extraordinary illustrations.”