Un­der the Knife

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO CITY BEAT - - by Arnold van de Laar

Arnold van de Laar uses his own ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise to tell the witty his­tory of the past, pre­sent and fu­ture of surgery.

From the story of the des­per­ate man from sev­en­teen­th­cen­tury Am­s­ter­dam who grimly cut a stone out of his own blad­der, to Bob Mar­ley’s deadly toe, Un­der the

Knife of­fers all kinds of fas­ci­nat­ing and un­for­get­table in­sights into medicine and his­tory via the oper­at­ing the­atre. What hap­pens dur­ing an op­er­a­tion? How does the hu­man body re­spond to be­ing at­tacked by a knife, a bac­terium, a cancer cell or a bul­let?

And, as med­i­cal ad­vances con­tin­u­ously push the bound­aries of what medicine can cure, what are the lim­its of surgery?

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