Surgery

The surgeon and anatomist David Hayes Agnew, teaching at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1880s. The cautious Americans were initially resistant to Lister, who toured the US hoping to convert the sceptics

How Joseph Lister transformed surgery from butchery to a healing art

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Every operation starts the same way. Chlorhexidine scrubbed under nails, lathered over wet hands, palm-to-palm, fingers interlaced, thumbs, wrists, forearms.…

What it feels like to hold a heart

9 December 2017 9:00 am

It’s been heart week on Radio 4, celebrating the anniversary of the first ‘successful’ heart transplant in 1967, which was…

Stephen Hawking shows that all is not lost if by mischance you fall into a black hole

23 January 2016 9:00 am

You don’t expect to be brought close to tears by the Reith Lectures, which are after all at the most…

Just writing about this radio programme makes me feel nauseous

6 June 2015 9:00 am

If you’re in the least bit squeamish you’d better stop reading now. What follows is not for those who blanch…

When Dr Johnson went to Tahrir Square

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Goodness knows what the Great Cham would have made of Radio 4 airing an adapted version of his philosophical fable,…