The Anatomist, the Barber-Surgeon, and the King: How the Accidental Death of Henry II of France Changed the World (Gateway Bookshelf)

The Anatomist, the Barber-Surgeon, and the King: How the Accidental Death of Henry II of France Changed the World (Gateway Bookshelf)


This designated learn examines a serious juncture within the background of the Renaissance led to by way of a freak twist of fate. Combining either a historical past of sixteenth-century drugs and eu politics, the writer describes the far-reaching results of the dying of King Henry II of France (1519-1559). Grievously wounded through an unintended blow to the pinnacle suffered in the course of a ridicule jousting festival, the king lingered for weeks sooner than expiring. Even the ministrations of Europe’s most famous physicians—Andreas Vesalius and Ambroise Paré—could no longer hinder his death. because the writer indicates, the dying of Henry II created an influence vacuum, and the following chain of occasions had major results at the stability of energy in Europe. 

A famous health care professional, the writer additionally offers many insights into the kingdom of medication during this era—a time while the perform of surgical procedure and data of human anatomy have been being reworked. Readers learn the way Vesalius’s creative reviews of anatomy complicated the certainty of human physique services. And Paré’s event with battlefield wounds ended in extra humane and potent remedies of the injured. 

This colourful, vigorous narrative combines engrossing information about politics, historical past, and medication in the course of a huge interval on the finish of the Renaissance.

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