About Blood and Guts

The brilliant series Blood And Guts: A History Of Surgery goes back in time to tell the story of the brutal, bloody and dangerous history of surgery and looks at how surgery dragged itself kicking and screaming out of the dark ages, transforming itself from butchery into a science.

Blood and Guts

Presenter Michael Mosley finds out how the early days of surgery were dark and barbaric, when the surgeon's knife was more likely to kill you than save you, and invasive medicine generally meant being bloodlet by leeches to within an inch of your life.

We'll see botched nose jobs undertaken 400 years ago, the first attempts at transplant surgery and celebrate the pioneers of heart surgery.