Published: 02/12/2004, Volume II4, No. 5934 Page 38

Surgery in the 18th century was an odd and bloody business - and there were fewer surgeons odder than John Hunter. The father of modern surgery, and alleged inspiration for Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, he comes alive in the fastpaced new biography by Wendy Moore. The Knife Man ranges over subjects as diverse as real-life giants, grave-robbing and pre-Darwinian evolutionary theory.

Published by Bantam Press,£16.99