Wendy Moore is obviously quite enthusiastic about her subject. It comes across in her writing. It's fascinating to find out how different aspects of surgery that we take for granted now evolved. It isn't for the squeamish!
The one drawback is Moore's style. The first few chapters jump back and forth in time, which is fine for fiction but is somewhat distracting when reading a biography (at least it was for me). The writing style is a little convoluted at times; different word choices and phrasing would have made some of the passages flow more smoothly.
Overall, though, I really enjoyed this look into the gritty, ghastly beginnings of surgery.