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Companion Encyclopedia of the History of Medicine
     

Companion Encyclopedia of the History of Medicine

by W. F. Bynum, Roy Porter (Editor)
 
This Companion is the first comprehensive work of reference surveying all aspects of medical history. Some 70 experts have contributed substantial and original essays covering areas such as the historical epidemiology of diseases, the rise of medical science, the medical profession and its institutions, and the impact of medicine upon populations,

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This Companion is the first comprehensive work of reference surveying all aspects of medical history. Some 70 experts have contributed substantial and original essays covering areas such as the historical epidemiology of diseases, the rise of medical science, the medical profession and its institutions, and the impact of medicine upon populations, economic development, culture, religion and thought. It also considers the relations between health, medicine, society, and the state. While the emphasis often falls upon Western medicine, other traditions are generously represented.

The 72 Essays in the Companion are organized into seven parts: The Place of Medicine; Body Systems; Theories of Life, Health, and Disease; Understanding Disease; Clinical Medicine; Medicine in Society; Medicine, Ideas and Culture. An exhaustive index, cross-referencing and bibliographic notes for each article will make this readable work an essential tool for students of medical history and a valuable addition to any medical library.

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This landmark work will forever shape and define the interdisciplinary field of the history of medicine. Editors Bynum and Porter have brought together 65 experts in a variety of academic specialties who contributed ten- to 30-page essays on 72 broad topics in medical history. This approach is complemented by the recent specialized Cambridge World History of Human Disease ( LJ 11/15/92) and the traditional A-to-Z format of the Encyclopedia of Medical History ( LJ 9/15/85). The first two-thirds of the Companion Encyclopedia focuses on the structure of knowledge of classical and contemporary medical theory and practice, including chapters on Chinese, Indian, and Arab-Islamic medicine and various medical specialties. Other essays explore the socio-cultural context of medicine, discussing such topics as healthcare economics, medical philanthropy, ethics, and architecture. Bibliographies and notes conclude each chapter, and an excellent summary of the field's literature is found in the ``Medical Historiography.'' Entries are tied together with cross references, and an extensive index (not seen) concludes Volume 2. All libraries with a serious interest in medicine will find this an essential purchase.-- Kathy Arsenault, Univ. of South Florida at St. Petersburg Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415092432
Publisher:
Routledge
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Series:
Companion Encyclopedia Series
Pages:
1040
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

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