Author Profile: Lindsey Fitzharris

Author Profile: Lindsey Fitzharris is an author, television host and medical historian.

Name: Lindsey Fitzharris


2017 – The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine

Background: Lindsey Fitzharris was born on 11th May 1982. She is 37 years old. She has completed her education at the University of Oxford. Fitzharris is an American and currently lives with her caricaturist and artist husband, Adrian Teal in the United Kingdom. Adrian and she married in the year 2017.

She received the Ph.D. degree in the History of Science, Medicine & Technology in 2009 from the University of Oxford. In 2010 she was awarded a postdoctoral award from the Wellcome Trust.

Genre: Lindsey Fitzharris, as a medical historian is obsessed with mortality. Her work examines the work of early plastic surgeons and surgeons including biography of Joseph Lister, a surgical pioneer and Robert Liston, the ‘fastest knife in the West End’.

Literary Contributions: The book was shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize and the Wellcome Book Prize in the United Kingdom in 2018. The book was named as an American Library Association Notable Nonfiction Book for the year 2018. The book, The Butchering Art has been translated into fourteen languages, till date.

Lindsey Fitzharris’s work has appeared in New Scientist, Scientific American, Guardian, Wall Street Journal and a number of distinguished publications, as a notable science communicator. She has appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience in March 2019. On Chartable, her interview having millions of downloads in the very first week itself, was listed at No.1 position. Lindsey Fitzharris is also winner of the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.

Unique Stylistic Features: The book, The Butchering Art is a story about Victorian medicine through the life of a quiet man, Joseph Lister, a Quaker surgeon. It is a biography of Joseph Lister, a surgical pioneer. He pioneered the use of antiseptics, standing out from his showy contemporaries.

Already in the making is her second book dealing with history of plastic surgery told through the story of Harold Gillies, ‘Father of Plastic Surgery’, an eccentric and surgeon who worked in the after-effects of the First World War.  During the First World War, he rebuilt the faces of soldiers. In 2022 she will be publishing a children’s book, together with Adrian Teal, her husband.

The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice is the popular blog created by Lindsey Fitzharris. She is also the host of, ‘Under the Knife’ a YouTube video series, which takes a humorous look back at medical history. Lübbe Audio & Audio-To-Go, is her well known Record Label.

Lindsey Fitzharris’s popular albums include, Der Horror der frühen Medizin – Joseph Listers Kampf gegen Kurpfuscher, Quacksalber & Knochenklempner (Ungekürzt).

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