Companion Encyclopedia of the History of Medicineby 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, 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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