Doctors: The Biography of Medicineby Sherwin B. Nuland
How does medical science advance? Popular historians would have us believe that a few heroic individuals, possessing superhuman talents, lead an unselfish quest to better the human condition. But as renowned Yale surgeon and medical historian Sherwin B. Nuland shows in this brilliant collection of linked life portraits, the theory bears little resemblance to the truth.
Through the centuries, the men and women Who have shaped the world of medicine have been not only very human people but also very much the products of their own times and places. Presenting compelling studies of great medical innovators and pioneers, Doctors gives us the extraordinary story of the development of modern medicine told through the lives of the physician-scientists whose deeds and determination paved the way. Ranging from the legendary Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, to Andreas Vesalius, whose Renaissance masterwork on anatomy offered invaluable new insight into the human body, to Helen Taussig, founder of pediatric cardiology and co-inventor of the original "blue baby" operation, here is a volume filled with the spirit of ideas and the thrill of discovery. Says The New York Times, "Doctors can be warmly recommended. Dr. Nuland succeeds in bringing his subjects vividly to life, and he leaves you with a much better understanding of what they achieved."
"Eloquent, informed, deeply committed." Los Angeles Times
Meet the Author
Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D., was a clinical professor of surgery at Yale University and the author of numerous books, including How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter, which won the National Book Award, Lost in America: A Journey with My Father, Maimonides, and Leonardo da Vinci. In addition to his numerous articles for medical publications, he wrote for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New Republic, Time, and The New York Review of Books. Dr. Nuland died in 2014.
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This is an outstanding book! Certainly, it is one of the most illustrative ones I have learned, in regards to its theme. It places the reader - and doctors in particular, as it is my case - in direct and thrilling contact with how and why many aspects of Medicine are practiced as we know them today. Furthermore, it reminds us - doctors - the saga of a number of predecessors in our profession, as well as their achievements and the hardships they had to face to overcome obstacles. In case you are into the medical field, have someone close to you who are or would like to give an amazing gift to a friend, please buy this book! I can assure that you will be extremely happy with the result! Finally, I just would like to point out that I do not work for the editing company of Doctors (as a matter of fact I am a Plastic Surgeon and Head of the Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery Department at the Royal Hospital, in Sharjah, UAE) or have ever had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland, so far. I am enthusiastic about my comments in regards to the Book Doctors because of its fascinating content, which is so real and interesting, clearly shared, plus due to the fact that I believe that spreading the word of culture should be an obligation we must all fulfill.
Thos book is really helpful to show us exactly wat the medicine does and how ot works and the types. I suggest you read this if you wanna become a doctor.