Lindsey Fitzharris

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Lindsey Fitzharris (born 1982[1]) is an author, medical historian, and television host. She is the creator of the popular blog, The Chirurgeon's Apprentice; and the writer and host of the TV series The Curious Life and Death of... on the Smithsonian Channel.

She is an American currently living in the UK.[2]

Lindsey Fitzharris


Fitzharris holds a Ph.D. in the History of Science, Medicine & Technology, received from the University of Oxford in 2009.[3] She was awarded a postdoctoral award from the Wellcome Trust in 2010.

In 2017, she published The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine, a biography of surgical pioneer Joseph Lister.[4] The book won the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award,[5] and was named an American Library Association Notable Nonfiction book for 2018.[6] The book was also shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize[7] and Wolfson History Prize[8] in the United Kingdom that same year. To date, The Butchering Art has been translated into fourteen languages.

Fitzharris is a notable science communicator whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal,[9] The Guardian,[10] Scientific American,[11] New Scientist,[12] and other publications. In March 2019, Fitzharris appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience.[13] Her interview was #1 on Chartable, with millions of downloads in the first week.

Fitzharris is also the writer and host of the television series, The Curious Life and Death of...,[14] which premiered on the Smithsonian Channel in 2020.

She is currently working on her second book, about Harold Gillies, the "Father of Plastic Surgery", who rebuilt soldiers’ faces during the First World War.


  • The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine (2017) (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) ISBN 978-0374117290, OCLC 978250363


  1. ^
  2. ^ "A surgical strike: Writer reveals how Victorian medical visionary has transformed her life". The Sunday Post.
  3. ^ Josi, Christian (6 December 2017). "Invasion of the 'Deathxperts': Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris/The Chirurgeon's Apprentice Edition". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  4. ^ Barry, Rebecca Rego (2018). "From Barbers and Butchers to Modern Surgeons". Distillations. Science History Institute. 4 (1): 40–43. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award". 23 February 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Notable Books List - RUSA Update". 16 May 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  7. ^ "2018 | Wellcome Book Prize". Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  8. ^ "The 2018 Wolfson History Prize Winner and Shortlist". The Wolfson History Prize. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  9. ^ Fitzharris, Lindsey (2020-03-19). "The Unsung Pioneer of Handwashing". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  10. ^ Fitzharris, Lindsey (2016-05-24). "The enduring fascination of relics, from Becket's elbow to Elvis's Graceland | Lindsey Fitzharris". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  11. ^ Fitzharris, Lindsey. "How Ether Transformed Surgery from a Race against the Clock". Scientific American. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  12. ^ Fitzharris, Lindsey. "Bloodletting: Return of a radical remedy". New Scientist. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  13. ^ Joe Rogan Experience #1272 - Lindsey Fitzharris, retrieved 2020-04-05
  14. ^ "MIPCOM: Smithsonian Channel to Explore 'The Curious Life and Death of...' Brittany Murphy, Pablo Escobar". The Hollywood Reporter. 14 October 2019. Retrieved 2020-04-05.

External links[edit]