This week on The Historians Podcast, Paul Craddock at UCL Medical School in London, England discusses his new book Spare Parts: The Story of Medicine Through the History of Transplant Surgery (St. Martin’s Press, 2022).
You can listen to the podcast here.
Though we often think of transplant surgery as mode says ancient India had the first historical instances of transplants with skin grafting, “It was used to refashion a nose or a lip that had been lost to fighting or to punishment.” Craddock explores how transplant surgery tests the boundaries between human, animal, and machine.
Craddock is Honorary Senior Research Associate in the Division of Surgery and Interventional Sciences at UCL Medical School in London. His PhD explored how transplants have for centuries invited reflection on human identity, a subject on which he has also lectured internationally.
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