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368pp, John Mur­ray, £9.99

Through 28 cases, start­ing with a black­smith who cut a 4oz stone out of his own blad­der, the Dutch sur­geon van der Laar takes us through the his­tory of his pro­fes­sion to the present, as op­er­a­tions be­come “smaller and smaller” (even if the same can’t be said of many sur­geons’ egos).

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