Men with strange tumors and lumps. Women horribly scarred by fire. Children with cleft palate. People who are seen as monsters to mid-19th century society are viewed as surgical challenges to Dr. Mütter.

“And when it came to his plastic surgery, he could transform the deformed to wholeness.”

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Thomas Dent Mütter was a born innovator in the field of restorative plastic surgery, pioneering techniques in a time before anesthesia or sterile practices.

Why is this on our bookshelf?

I can’t help it. Stories of scientific progress are thrilling, and all the better . Maybe I just have a morbid kind of mind, but these kind of books fascinate me.

Rating (4 stars)

I read a lot of nonfiction books. Contrary to what school textbooks might imply, a good nonfiction story can be as compelling as the fictional and in some cases, more so.

This was a good, well-researched non-fiction book and I enjoyed reading it. However, it stopped short of being absolutely brilliant… which is a shame because I definitely thought it had the potential to reach that.

However, if medical history interests you, picking up Dr. Mütter’s Marvels is a must.