- Imprint: SelfMadeHero
- Publication Date: May 12, 2020
- Price: $24.99
- Trim Size: 6 1⁄2 x 9 1⁄2
- ISBN: 978-1-910593-79-0
- EAN: 9781910593790
- Page Count: 240
- Illustrations: Color illustrations throughout
- Format: Paperback
An engaging, informative, and endlessly surprising graphic history of medicine
In the Middle Ages, surgery was performed by barbers due to their skill with sharp instruments. In the mid-19th century, a “grand exhibition” of the effects of laughing gas inadvertently led to the discovery of anesthesia. Three decades later, Louis Pasteur enjoyed a crucial breakthrough in his search for vaccinations because his assistant decided, against his orders, to take a vacation.
Here, cardiac surgeon and professor of medical history Jean-Noël Fabiani stitches together the most significant and intriguing episodes from the history of medicine, from chance breakthroughs to hard-fought scientific discoveries. Spanning centuries and crossing continents, this funny, fast-paced yet rigorously detailed graphic novel guides us through one of the most wondrous strands of human history, covering everything from bloodletting to organ donation, X-rays, and prosthetics.
“Truly, this book, witty and wise, is nothing less than a tonic. As we await a vaccine for Covid-19, its every page serves to remind us that where there is curiosity, determination and learning, there is always, always hope.”— The Guardian
About the author
Dr. Jean-Noël Fabiani is head of the department of cardiac surgery at Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris. He is also a professor at the Paris-Descartes University, where he spent a decade teaching the history of medicine. Philippe Bercovici is a comic book artist from Nice, France, who has published numerous comics and graphic novels.