Genius on the Edge

The Bizarre Double Life of Dr. William Stewart Halsted

by Gerald Imber

Genius on the Edge

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Genius on the Edge
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The Bizarre Double Life of Dr. William Stewart Halsted
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Gerald Imber

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Genius on the Edge
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The Bizarre Double Life of Dr. William Stewart Halsted
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Gerald Imber

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Reveals a complex and troubled man who, despite being a ground-breaking father of modern surgery, battled with cocaine and morphine addition, exhibited eccentric behavior and lived an unusual lifestyle.

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Born in New York City the same year as Cajal, William Stewart Halsted didn't decide to study medicine until he was a senior at Yale. It was a choice that profoundly affected the surgical field, as Gerald Imber describes in his masterful biography, Genius on the Edge. Imber realistically portrays the agony of operations a century ago when the mortality rate was as high as 99 percent. Today it's 1 percent, in part because of Halsted, whose genius often came from common sense like

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Dr. William Halsted (holding a mallet) operates on a patient at Johns Hopkins in 1904. hide caption

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