Synopses & Reviews
The 'terrible mistake' was the contemporary utilitarian philosophy, expounded in Hard Times (1854) as the Philosophy of Fact by the hard-headed disciplinarian Thomas Gradgrind. But the novel, Dickens's shortest, is more than a polemical tract for the times; the tragic story of Louisa Gradgrind and her father is one of Dickens's triumphs. When Louisa, trapped in a loveless marriage, falls prey to an idle seducer, the crisis forces her father to reconsider his cherished system. Yet even as the development of the story reflects Dickens's growing pessimism about human nature and society, Hard Times marks his return to the theme which had made his early works so popular: the amusements of the people. Sleary's circus represents Dickens's most considered defence of the necessity of entertainment, and infuses the novel with the good humour which has ensured its appeal to generations of readers.
Hard Times--Dickens's shortest novel and one of his triumphs--tells the tragic story of Louisa Gradgrind and her father and has had lasting appeal to generations of readers.
About the Author
Paul Schlicke is lecturer in English at the University of Aberdeen.
Table of Contents
Foreword, Thomas Hunt
1. Wounds: the extent of the burden
2. History of wound healing
3. The biology of healing
4. Surgical wounds
5. Experimental models in wound healing
6. Factors influencing wound healing
8. Management of traumatic wounds
9. Clinical aspects of healing in specialized tissue
10. Clinical aspects of healing by secondary intention
11. Wound dressings
12. Clinical trials and statistics
13. The future of wound healing