Of Life and Limb
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1st November 2019

302 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

4 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Rochester Studies in Medical History

Imprint: University of Rochester Press

Of Life and Limb

Surgical Repair of the Arteries in War and Peace, 1880-1960

by Justin Barr

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Examining the history of arterial repair, Of Life and Limb investigates the process of surgical innovation by exploring the social, technological, institutional, and martial dynamics shaping the introduction and adoption ofa new operation.
In 1880, patients suffering from vascular disease faced amputation -- or death. By 1960, a suite of revolutionary techniques and technologies empowered surgeons to remedy aneurysms, mend damaged vessels, and treat arteries cloggedwith cholesterol, saving the lives and limbs of patients around the world.

Tracking this remarkable transformation, Of Life and Limb: Surgical Repair of the Arteries in War and Peace, 1880-1960 reveals how social, technological, institutional, and military dynamics interplay to catalyze modern surgical innovation. Author Justin Barr examines each of these phenomena through the complementary perspectives of academic historian andclinical surgeon, marshaling extensive research and incisive analysis into a broadly applicable model that helps frame, illuminate, and forecast change in surgery.

Justin Barr received his PhD in History from Yale University and his MD from the University of Virginia. He is currently in residency for general surgery at Duke University.
Introduction
Technical Change, Practical Stasis: The Development of Arterial Repair through 1914
An Ideal Rarely Practiced: Arterial Repair and its Alternatives from World War I to World War II
Opportunities Realized and Discarded: The Management of Vascular Trauma in World War II
Reshaping Surgical Infrastructure between World War II and the Korean War
An Ideal Implemented: Arterial Repair in the Korean War
Bringing it All Back Home
"This is an excellent book, thoroughly researched and thoughtfully written. Building on important previous work, it sets a new standard for histories of surgical innovation and the diffusion of surgical knowledge." Peter J. Kernahan, University of Minnesota
"Justin Barr has written a valuable history of medical innovation. . . . Of Life and Limb moves fluidly across different scales of analysis, from surgeons' skill with needle and thread to the rising tide of urban violence. It provides great insight into both the mindset of surgeons and the contexts that influence their work. It should be widely read and taught by historians and surgeons." David S. Jones, Bulletin of the History of Medicine

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Title Details

1st November 2019

302 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

4 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Rochester Studies in Medical History

Imprint: University of Rochester Press