The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine / Edition 1

The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine / Edition 1

by Roy Porter
     
 

The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine examines, through popular and professional perception, the history and interrelation of disease, health and medicine over more than two thousands years. Readers can trace the chronological story of key developments and events in medical history from antiquity onwards, while at the same time engaging with the issues,… See more details below

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The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine examines, through popular and professional perception, the history and interrelation of disease, health and medicine over more than two thousands years. Readers can trace the chronological story of key developments and events in medical history from antiquity onwards, while at the same time engaging with the issues, discoveries and controversies that have beset and characterized medical progress. The book weaves a connective narrative that gives equal weight to disease and to doctors, to scientific medicine and to society, to patients and to practitioners. An important feature of the volume its rich and extensive coverage of the past hundred and fifty years - a critical era in the development of medicine. Particular emphasis is placed throughout The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine on the complex functions that medicine has fulfilled in society, and on the shifting and often ambiguous meanings of sickness. It puts into historical context modern developments and anxieties: the patient-doctor relationship, the nature of medical and clinic advances, and how health care is administered. Ranging from the Hippocratic Oath to present-day medical ethics, from leeches to laser surgery, this book offers a definitive guide to its subject, supplemented by valuable reference material on Nobel Prize winners, the spread of selected diseases, and medical personalities. There is a chronology of events and a table of the major infectious diseases.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521002523
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Series:
Cambridge Illustrated Histories Series
Edition description:
First Paperback Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
7.99(w) x 9.96(h) x 1.14(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction6
1The history of disease16
2The rise of medicine52
3What is disease?82
4Primary care118
5Medical science154
6Hospitals and surgery202
7Drug treatment and the rise in pharmacology246
8Mental illness278
9Medicine, society, and the state304
10Looking to the future342
Chronology374
Major human diseases378
Notes380
Further reading383
Index of medical personalities387
General index394
Picture acknowledgements400

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