Dictionary of Medical Biography [5 volumes]

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Overview

Treating and preventing disease has always been one of the most important tasks in a society, and that task ultimately falls to one of the most respected and admired figures in any culture—the healer. This respect is understandable —medical practictioners ease pain, prolong life, and prevent disesase, making them among the most important figures in the daily lives of people everywhere. The Dictionary of Medical Biography provides authoritative biographical coverage of major medical practitioners in all times and cultures. While its emphasis is on practitioners within the Western medical tradition, it also covers practitioners of alternative medicines, as well as major figures within traditional Chinese, Indian, and Islamic medicine. In addition, special essays survey these medical traditions, which are more difficult to appreciate within a biographical framework. Overall, the Dictionary of Medical Biography concentrates on the nuances of medical practice, and the social context within which ideas of health, disease, and therapy exist.

The most complete work of its kind, the Dictionary of Medical Biography is essential for any library that serves those who seek to understand the importance of medicine in the lives of people everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"[F]ills a long-standing gap in English-language reference sources in the history of medicine….[G]oes way beyond English-speaking and Continental physicians to include practitioners from around the world. The editors, W.F. Bynum and Helen Bynum, recruited an international editorial board of historians of medicine so that the coverage would be cosmopolitan….[A] major reference resource for all academic libraries."

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"[F]ills a big gap….The Bynums have probably produced as good a Dictionary of Medical Biography as could be compiled. No one is more qualified to organize large projects: W.F. Bynum placed the recent history of medicine on the map and demonstrated how energy and imagination could combine to bring scholars together to work in groups. His and Helen BynuM's Dictionary of Medical Biography is a fitting culmination to two distinguished careers."

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Times Literary Supplement

"International in scope, the 1,140 medical biographies are written by a collection of 384 medical scholars from around the globe and range from ancient history to the present. They represent the social changes and major trends in medicine….The encyclopedia's editors, W.F. and Helen Bynum, have done a good job in making the information eminently accessible as well as aesthetically appealing. Each volume includes a list of all entries, and handsome black-and-white photographs and illustrations enhance and augment the text."

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College & Research Libraries

"This is an impressive addition to the existing number of dictionaries of medical or scientific biography which, given the potential of the subject, is still limited in scope. This dictionary is particularly to be welcomed for its inclusive coverage across medical systems, time periods and cultures….The principle editors have been meticulous in their compilation of what has been a massive scholarly enterprise….this Dictionary of Medical Biography should prove to be an essential reference tool in the social history of medicine, as well as an aid for absorbing browsing."

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Medical History

"[F]ills a long-standing gap in English-language reference sources in the history of medicine….[G]oes way beyond English-speaking and Continental physicians to include practitioners from around the world. The editors, W.F. Bynum and Helen Bynum, recruited an international editorial board of historians of medicine so that the coverage would be cosmopolitan….[A] major reference resource for all academic libraries."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313328770
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2006
  • Pages: 1616
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

W. F. BYNUM is Professor Emeritus of the History of Medicine at University College London and was head of the Academic Unit of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine (1973-1996). His publications include the Dictionary of the History of Science, Science and the Practice of Medicine in the 19th Century, and the Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations.

HELEN BYNUM is a freelance historian of science and medicine. She was a Wellcome Trust Lecturer in the History of Medicine at Liverpool (1996-2000). Her publications include Tropical Medicine in the 20th Century and Body and City.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Alphabetical Listing of Entries

About the Contributors

Index

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