Under the Knife
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?