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Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History
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Belly-Rippers, Surgical Innovation and the Ovariotomy Controversy

Authors: Frampton, Sally

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  • Offers a history of the establishment and development of this controversial surgical practice
  • Explores key ethical issues in nineteenth-century medicine and society 
  • Provides a new analytical framework – inclusive of gender – in which surgical innovation is the conceptual focal point
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This open access book looks at the dramatic history of ovariotomy, an operation to remove ovarian tumours first practiced in the early nineteenth century. Bold and daring, surgeons who performed it claimed to be initiating a new era of surgery by opening the abdomen. Ovariotomy soon occupied a complex position within medicine and society, as an operation which symbolised surgical progress, while also remaining at the boundaries of ethical acceptability. This book traces the operation’s innovation, from its roots in eighteenth-century pathology, through the denouncement of those who performed it as ‘belly-rippers’, to its rapid uptake in the 1880s, when ovariotomists were accused of over-operating. Throughout the century, the operation was never a hair’s breadth from controversy.

About the authors

Sally Frampton is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford, UK. She has previously published on surgery in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and on the history of the medical press.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Frampton, Sally

    Pages 1-20

  • Pathologies, Actions, Ideas

    Frampton, Sally

    Pages 21-47

  • Creating a Surgical Controversy

    Frampton, Sally

    Pages 49-91

  • Patent Concerns, Unpatentable Procedures

    Frampton, Sally

    Pages 93-130

  • The Business of Surgery

    Frampton, Sally

    Pages 131-170

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-78934-7
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-78610-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Belly-Rippers, Surgical Innovation and the Ovariotomy Controversy
Authors
Series Title
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-78934-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-78934-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-78610-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 267
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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