Above The Cut: Legends of Modern Surgery

Hansa Makhijani Jain

A fascinating account of the evolution of surgery – from the 16th century to the present day – in 60 stories across 5 specializations

Erich Mühe, the first to perform a laparoscopic gall bladder removal surgery. Jean-Michel Dubernard, the first to successfully conduct the transplant of a single human hand. Lawson Tait, the first to conduct an appendectomy. Denton Cooley, the first to successfully transplant a human heart. Edward Mason, the first to perform a gastric bypass. Arvinder Singh Soin, the first to conduct liver and kidney transplants using organs from two different donors on the same patient. The life-altering list of medical firsts goes on.

Through 60 stories that delve into the advent of modern-day surgical practices, Legends of Modern Surgery traces the incredible work done by surgeons in their respective fields. Modern-day surgery has been made possible through their innovative thinking with the aim of improving patient outcomes, the effective implementation of technologically driven techniques and the precision with which they have performed the most intricate procedures. This inspiring book celebrates the contributions of surgeons who took charge and propelled the field of surgery in new directions, thus shaping surgical practices as we know them today.

  • Classification : General Non-Fiction
  • Pub Date : JUL 25, 2022
  • Imprint : Hachette India
  • Page Extent : 184
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789350095980
  • Price : INR 399

Hansa Makhijani Jain

Hansa Makhijani Jain juggles her time between writing and editing. In the 14 years that she has been in media, she has written prolifically across newspapers, magazines, books and the web. She served as assistant editor at Marie Claire India and regularly contributed to magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, L'Officiel, eShe and Prevention. She has also been deputy editor at, a property of Dainik Bhaskar Digital, is the co-author of Your Happy Pregnancy Handbook and the author of Kamala Harris: The American Story that Began on India's Shores. She has also written four introductory volumes on orthopaedics and is currently working as a freelancer.

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