A Graphic History



ISBN: 9781910593790 Category:

Jean-Noel Fabiani


In the Middle Ages, surgery was performed by barbers, owing to their skill with sharp instruments. In the mid-19th century, a “grand exhibition” of the effects of laughing gas inadvertently led to the discovery of anaesthesia. Three decades later, Louis Pasteur enjoyed a crucial breakthrough in his search for vaccinations because his assistant decided, against his orders, to take a vacation.

In Medicine: A Graphic History, surgeon and professor of medical history Jean-Noël Fabiani stitches together the most significant and intriguing episodes from the history of medicine, from chance breakthroughs to hard-fought scientific discoveries.

Spanning centuries and crossing continents, this fast-paced and yet rigorously detailed graphic novel guides us through one of the most wondrous strands of human history, covering everything from blood-letting to organ donation, x-rays to prosthetics.

Additional information

Weight 755 g
Dimensions 19 x 26 cm
Publisher name Self Made Hero
Publication date 1 August 2020
Number of pages 240
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Illustrated by Philippe Bercovici
Dimensions 19 x 26 cm
Weight 755 g


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Professor Jean-Noël Fabiani is a doctor at the Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris, where he heads the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery. He is also a professor at the University Paris-Descartes, where he spent a decade teaching the history of medicine.

Philippe Bercovici is a comic book artist from Nice, France. Over forty years, he has published numerous comics and graphic novels.