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Genius on the Edge: The Bizarre Double Life of Dr. William Stewart Halsted By Gerald Imber,

  • Title: Genius on the Edge: The Bizarre Double Life of Dr. William Stewart Halsted
  • Author: Gerald Imber
  • ISBN: 9781607146278
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A major new biography of the doctor who invented modern surgery Brilliant, driven, but haunted by demons, William Stewart Halsted took surgery from a horrific, dangerous practice to what we now know as a lifesaving art Halsted was born to wealth and privilege in New York City in the mid 1800s He attended the finest schools, but he was a mediocre student His academic inA major new biography of the doctor who invented modern surgery Brilliant, driven, but haunted by demons, William Stewart Halsted took surgery from a horrific, dangerous practice to what we now know as a lifesaving art Halsted was born to wealth and privilege in New York City in the mid 1800s He attended the finest schools, but he was a mediocre student His academic interests blossomed at medical school and he quickly became a celebrated surgeon Experimenting with cocaine as a local anesthetic, he became addicted He was hospitalized and treated with morphine to control his craving for cocaine For the remaining 40 years of his life he was addicted to both drugs.Halsted resurrected his career at Johns Hopkins, where he became the first chief of surgery Among his accomplishments, he introduced the residency training system, the use of sterile gloves, the first successful hernia repair, radical mastectomy, fine silk sutures, and anatomically correct surgical technique Halsted is without doubt the father of modern surgery, and his eccentric behavior, unusual lifestyle, and counterintuitive productivity in the face of lifelong addiction make his story unusually compelling.Gerald Imber, a renowned surgeon himself, evokes Halsted s extraordinary life and achievements and places them squarely in the historical and social context of the late 19th century The result is an illuminating biography of a complex and troubled man, whose genius we continue to benefit from today.
    Genius on the Edge The Bizarre Double Life of Dr William Stewart Halsted A major new biography of the doctor who invented modern surgery Brilliant driven but haunted by demons William Stewart Halsted took surgery from a horrific dangerous practice to what we now know a

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    1. I reserve 5 star ratings for books that have profoundly added to my understanding of the world and have a lasting effect on how I live my life Gerald Imber, MD, presents William Stewart Halsted as a dedicated innovator who, along with several physicians of the age, changed the practice of medicine with his insight and hard work As a practicing surgeon himself, Imber is able to give invaluable accuracy to the various advancements to medicine and surgery by Halsted and his colleagues.Medicine in t [...]

    2. Genius on the Edge is an interesting book describing the medical developments especially in surgery during the period of about 1846 to 1922 The first third of the book mainly focused on what surgery was like before this period, on the developments that occurred from 1846 to 1889, and how they affected Halsted s medical training and prompted his surgical innovations The rest of the book was a series of short biographies of men who worked with Halsted and the developments they and he brought to t [...]

    3. A fascinating topic, a strangely written book For one, there strangely doesn t seem to be enough information about Halsted to really warrant the title a bizarre double life Since his drug habit was in secret, there s seemingly barely any record of it other than then he would disappear for six months every year and who knows, we can assume drugs Imber also repeats himself often, sometimes from chapter to chapter, making it seem like either his editor only worked chapter by chapter or there was ac [...]

    4. This is a fascinating view of early modern medicine and the establishment of Johns Hopkins and how it shaped modern medical practice I d say it s about 60% a biography of William Halstead and 40% about my first sentence I didn t know any of the history and really enjoyed it my sister read it at the same time and said she had read a biography of Dr Welch that she enjoyed I could see how the diversions into other people s stories lives could be distracting or annoying sometimes they seemed to be [...]

    5. Dr Halstead was the father of modern surgery In the mid nineteenth century a compound fracture or appendicitis was essentially a death sentence Anesthesia didn t exist Even if a patient could be operated on, surgeons weren t aware of the need to keep the surroundings sterile If the patient contracted an infection there were no antibiotics to arrest it So much for the good old days Dr Halstead introduced aseptic methods of surgery He pioneered hernia surgery, mastetectomy to excise breast cancer [...]

    6. I would never have chosen to read this book it is a book club selection, not my selection The book, about the foundation of Johns Hopkins university and hospital in Balti, Maryland, drew me in.The drawback is all the technical medical terminology, but the men and the lives this book describes are fascinating The difference these founders made in the practice of medicine are relevant to us, today Halstead developed a sterile operating room, and found successful ways to operate on conditions that [...]

    7. I must admit that I felt somewhat mislead by this book s description on its back cover While the primary subject of this biography is Doctor William Halstead, the bulk of this book is actually about the formation of one of America s premier teaching hospitals Johns Hopkins William Stewart Halstead was one of a dozen influential doctors who were instrumental in revolutionizing the techniques of modern surgery The founding of Johns Hopkins Hospital is part of Halstead s story, so I wasn t too disa [...]

    8. We have a LOT to thank William Stewart Halstead for, and modern medicine wouldn t be what it is today if it wasn t for him Breast cancer surgery, hernia repair, even what medical residencies are today all started with this brilliant man If you enjoy The Knick which is what initially brought me to this book or are interested in the history of modern medicine, or even slightly curious about medicine, I can t recommend this book enough Also we can thank him for painless dental procedures as well Se [...]

    9. Not particularly well written, but an extremely interesting account of early modern medicine in general, and Johns Hopkins Hospital in particular I will be seeking out information on the people,places, and events that were written about what better review could there be

    10. Detailed and informative, but also somewhat repetitive The end gets very technical Diagrams and a timeline would help.

    11. If anyone is interested in the history of modern surgery, this is a good place to start Even though Halsted was flawed and addicted to cocaine and morphine, he was still able to develop the basis for aseptic technique and surgical procedures Worth the time to read

    12. Very dense Fascinating It became dry for me when they branched out to talk about Dr Halsted s friends coworkerswhich is what took me so long But a great book overall.

    13. As a medical student, I am always fascinated to read about famous physicians who were able to transcend so to speak the normal boundaries of their profession and make revolutionary contributions William Halsted was that rare breed of physician scientist who achieved that with his keenness, passion and incredible resourcefulness Surgery before Halsted was haphazard and shoddy, done with little consideration to minimizing infection, patient comfort or proper technique With his European training an [...]

    14. I am interested in this book because it ref s Freud and his cocain addiction and its consequensesom the library computer Ostensibly a biography of William Stewart Halsted 1852 1922 , but the main story is the transformation of medical education in America.Imber Clinical Surgery Weill Cornell School of Medicine tries valiantly to revivify the elusive Halsted He was aristocratic and urbane, meticulous in his dress he sent his shirts to Paris for laundering and could be cold and imperious He also h [...]

    15. So, the subject of this book was really cool I loved learning about Halsted and how strange he was, and what things he did that changed surgery Especially as someone who loves the history of medicine, that was the good part of this book However, it was written pretty terribly The style was bad, and, importantly for a biography, the timeline wasn t consistent Imber jumps back and forth, mentioning characters as if we know them, 20 pages before they re introduced We go to 1922, then back to 1906, [...]

    16. This could be subtitled The History of Modern American Medicine, 1870 1920 While the central character, Dr William Halstead yes, although a New Yorker, Halstead Avenue in Chicago is named after his family , is at the epicenter of this saga, it really is about the founding, funding, running and growth of Johns Hopkins University and Medical School and the creation of modern medical practices, techniques and training Halstead is a curious character brash, brilliant, idiosyncratic, who pioneered mo [...]

    17. My purpose for reading this book was two fold I m reading as much as I can about about medicine and doctors to inform the current non fiction book project that I m working on And since my project is essentially a biography, I m reading biographies to see how other writers approach and manage the material From Genius on the Edge I learned a great deal about the contemporary history of medicine, especially in the United States in addition to learning about William Steward Halsted in particular The [...]

    18. I really didn t know anything about William Halsted, whom Imber calls teh father of modern surgery After reading this book, it s clear that only a handful of people ever did While Imber does his best to delve into this man s life, there doesn t seem to be a whole lot for him to work with A secretive and private person, Halsted comes across as intelligent and innovative he pioneered the radical mastectomy and figured out how to repair hernias, among other things , but ultimately, he s a mystery T [...]

    19. I m in awe of Dr Halsted after reading this book and I greatly appreciate what he did to advance the field of surgery However, I am not in love with the way this author delivered the story Some details were confusing as many names came up at the same time and then the use of a pronoun forced you to sort out to whom the author was referring Be prepared also for several tangential biographies of different people who worked with Halsted The other grievance is several times I came across repeated pa [...]

    20. Genius on the Edge is a fascinating portrait of Dr William Stewart Halsted, who revolutionized dental surgery and also invented the gallstone extraction, the radical mastectomy, and the resident system of medical education His disciples went on to found the disciplines of urology and neurosurgery, among other specialties It s hard to believe that one man could cast such a long shadow and yet virtually disappear from history.Dr Halsted achieved all of these momentous things while struggling with [...]

    21. This book was one of those reads that you can tell is written by a white man well before you even look up anything about who wrote the book Any mention of women was matched with some sort of disparaging remark about how they looked or what the men thought of them He presented subjective views as though they are fact, which is really irritating For example, he wrote about Gertrude Stein failing at the medical school, and ended it by saying, Much of her writing was obtuse, and though few believed [...]

    22. The well written and well researched story of Dr William Halstead who is known as the Father of Modern Surgery The book is an excellent look at the incredibly bizarre life of Halstead which includes his battle with cocaine and morphine addiction I knew of Halstead prior to reading this but I had not even the remotest idea of how important and influential he truly was He developed residency, was the founding father of local anesthesia, influenced about every major surgeon ever The guy is amazing, [...]

    23. Stupendous I can t say enough or urge anyone enough to read this book by Gerald Imber, MD The Bizarre Double Life of Dr William Stewart Halsted is that The author, however, chooses not to sensationalize the man or his legend but instead depicts various anecdotes, details, and all manner of interesting historical factoids about the Johns Hopkins Hospital and its School of Medicine in their infancies We can thank Halsted for medical staff who wash hands and wear gloves he set the course Read this [...]

    24. Disappointing biography of Halsted, the father of modern surgery The subtitle, The Bizarre Double Life of Dr William Stewart Halsted, is misleading this is a fragmentary and incomplete history of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Hospital Halsted was an enigmatic, taciturn man and drug addict who kept his private life private from his colleagues and students and even his wife and all his letters to his wife were burnt after her death There really isn t much left for the author [...]

    25. The insights into the history of modern surgery, starting in the late 1800s are valuable But there is a lot of repetition and we don t really learn all that much about the subject, Dr Halsted, so much as we do the institutional history of Johns Hopkins hospital and medical school.This is a dry book about the history of surgery, not a look at a bizarred double life of anyone As a biography, this book is hampered by the lack of primary source materials that would give us insight into the personal [...]

    26. A very informative look at the life of the founder of modern surgery, as well as the people responsible for beginning Johns Hopkins Hospital and Medical School The narrative, at times, seems to lack details, possibly because information was not available All in all, heowever, I enjoyed learning about the transition that occurred in the medical field and surgery during Halsted s time Being a surgeon myself, I appreciated the look at hopsital life and the development of modern surgical training an [...]

    27. Interesting as a history of modern surgery and the Johns Hopkins Hospital, but not that great as a biography, especially on the bizarre double life part Halsted was a cocaine and morphine addict who was an extraordinary and innovative surgeon and also disappeared up to 6 months a year to be alone, travel, and probably indulge his addictions I say probably because although his time at Johns Hopkins is pretty well documented, there is NO documentation of the other half of his life Speculations fil [...]

    28. Since he was primarily a man preferring to remain in the shadows, many are not aware about the full extent of Halstead s contribution to surgery This book gives a rare insight into the life and works of this great man.I originally became interested in Halstead after learning that The Knick is based loosely on him, and boy, he sure didn t disappoint Beautifully written prose, guiding readers through the extensive and illustrious history of Johns Hopkins, and a glimpse into the lives of the Big Fo [...]

    29. Great introductory book describing the start of modern surgery, foundation of John Hopkins university medical school as well as of William Halsted and his contributions through developing the training program for surgeons, first use of local and general anesthetic, use of sterile gloves, the first successful hernia repair, radical mastectomy, etc I would recommend this book based on its educational value rather than its writing style although easy to read, it lacks uniformity and seems to be fra [...]

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