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Quacks & Hacks: Walter Freeman and the Lobotomobile

14 June 2017

  On 12 November 1935, a Portuguese neurologist named Antonio Egas Moniz [below right] became the first individual to perform what would later be known as a lobotomy. Moniz’s...

The Dissected Criminal – Episode 14 – Under The Knife

31 May 2017

In Episode 14 of Under The Knife, I discuss how the executions of thousands of people fed the anatomy schools in the 18th and 19th centuries. Warning: heads will roll! Don’t forget...

Painful Operations: Removing Bladder Stones before Anesthesia

29 May 2017

If you visit the Gordon Museum at Guy’s Hospital in London, you’ll see a small bladder stone—no bigger than 3 centimetres across. Besides the fact that it has been...

The Butchering Art – UK Cover Reveal!

12 May 2017

I’m thrilled to reveal the UK cover for my upcoming book THE BUTCHERING ART, which will be published by Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin, on October 17th. The book tells the...