Revolutions in Surgery

  • Serial

Six pioneering surgeons, six brave patients, six major organs: this is the story of how innovation in the operating theatre made it possible to repair the human body. Each essay examines a revolutionary turning point in surgical history – looking at the human stories behind each development, and the brave contributions made by desperate patients.

About the contributors

Thomas Morris


Thomas Morris is author of ‘The Matter of the Heart’ and more recently ‘The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth and Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine’. He has worked as a radio producer for the BBC on such programmes as ‘Front Row’, ‘Open Book’ and Melvyn Bragg’s ‘In Our Time’, and his journalism has appeared in publications including the Lancet and the Times.

Emily Evans


Emily Evans is a medical illustrator and anatomist. After her role as a senior demonstrator of anatomy at Cambridge University, alongside her career illustrating medical and surgical books for over a decade, she now writes and publishes books about anatomy and art, such as ‘Anatomy in Black’, while running her brand, Anatomy Boutique.