Blood and Guts – A History of Surgery by Richard Hollingham
If you have an interest in medical history, I highly recommend this book. As a lay-person who’s had numerous surgeries, I found this book very interesting. The book is brilliantly written in 324 pages, split up into categories of surgery per chapter. The information is basic, but informative, and entertaining.
I also recommend this book if you’re into “ick” and gruesome details. I really enjoyed that part, mostly because it makes the history come alive. It gives you mental imagery that goes along with exactly how horrifying, gruesome, and gritty surgical medicine used to be.