The Medical Millennium

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This is an extensively illustrated review of 1000 notable men and women who have contributed most to our current knowledge of medicine and surgery over the past 1000 years. Its publication celebrates what has truly been the medical millennium - an unprecedented triumph of human endeavor as succeeding generations of pioneers have built on the work of earlier doctors and scientists to provide yet further insights and advances during an extraordinary era of progress stretching from folklore to high science. ...
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This is an extensively illustrated review of 1000 notable men and women who have contributed most to our current knowledge of medicine and surgery over the past 1000 years. Its publication celebrates what has truly been the medical millennium - an unprecedented triumph of human endeavor as succeeding generations of pioneers have built on the work of earlier doctors and scientists to provide yet further insights and advances during an extraordinary era of progress stretching from folklore to high science. Handsomely bound, this is an educational and absorbing record of the heroes and heroines of the medical millennium.

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This is an extensively illustrated review of 1,000 notable men and women who have contributed most to our current knowledge of medicine and surgery over the past 1000 years. Its publication celebrates what has truly been the medical millennium — an unprecedented triumph of human endeavor as succeeding generations of pioneers have built on the work of earlier doctors and scientists to provide yet further insights and advances during an extraordinary era of progress stretching from folklore to high science. Large format, handsomely bound in hard cover — an attractive, educational and absorbing record of the heroes and heroines of the medical millennium. Examples: Peter of Abano (1250-1316) Italian polymath who attempted to reconcile Greek, Arab and Jewish medical practice in his Conciliator, he studied and classified poisons and was subjected to the Inquisition. Haly Abbas (d. 994) Arab physician who described goiter, malignant anthrax, smallpox, gave contraceptive advice, and wrote Almaleki. John Jacob Abel (1857-1938), American hematologist and biochemist, who was the first to use an artificial membrane in pioneering work on renal dialysis, developed plasmapheresis, extracted epinephrine, and crystallized insulin. John Abernethy (1764-1831), British surgeon who was the first to ligate the external iliac artery for aneurysm, and improved treatment of lumbar abscesses by incising with minimal exposure to air. Sir Edward Penley Abraham (b 1913), British biochemist who developed crystalline sodium salt of penicillin, thus confirming its purity, and also isolated cephalosporin C. Alessandro Achillini (1463-1512), Italian anatomist who discovered the malleus, incus, labyrinth and ileocecal valve. Joseph Adams (1756-1818), British physician and early endocrinologist who, in 1814, published Supposed Hereditary Properties of Disease, described gout, scrofula and goiter in cretinism. Robert Adams (1791-1875), Irish physician and surgeon who a gave classic accounts of essential heart block and rheumatic gout, and was first to distinguish osteo- from rheumatoid arthritis. Thomas Addison (1793-1860), British endocrinologist and urologist who, in 1855, wrote On the Constitutional and Local Effects of Disease of the Suprarenal Capsules, and described pernicious anemia.

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Reviewer: Ronald S. Miller, MD (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This is a 113-page biographical dictionary of scientists and clinicians who have made seminal discoveries and other important contributions to medicine.
Purpose: The purpose is to identify or describe some of the men and women who have made especially notable advances in medicine throughout the last 100 years. Clearly, this is a worthy objective, though a truly comprehensive dictionary is likely to be achieved only after a second or third edition is published.
Audience: The contribution of each is concisely summarized, usually in a single sentence. This brevity might frustrate a historian, but it is a virtue for medical students, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who wish to know the primary contributions of famous persons in medicine, many of whom are eponymous (i.e., have a disease or a symptom or sign named after them). The book is not so technical as to be difficult for a lay audience to understand and enjoy.
Features: There are photographs or drawings of many entrants, which adds to one's enjoyment of the book. This alphabetical compendium of the greats in medicine is an important reference, as the author states, for "all those interested in the practice and history of medicine."
Assessment: Like any dictionary this book is not intended to be read as a novel, though some will enjoy browsing through the pages and reading about individuals whose names are familiar (or at least it seems as if they should be).
Ronald S. Miller
This is a 113-page biographical dictionary of scientists and clinicians who have made seminal discoveries and other important contributions to medicine. The purpose is to identify or describe some of the men and women who have made especially notable advances in medicine throughout the last 100 years. Clearly, this is a worthy objective, though a truly comprehensive dictionary is likely to be achieved only after a second or third edition is published. The contribution of each is concisely summarized, usually in a single sentence. This brevity might frustrate a historian, but it is a virtue for medical students, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who wish to know the primary contributions of famous persons in medicine, many of whom are eponymous (i.e., have a disease or a symptom or sign named after them). The book is not so technical as to be difficult for a lay audience to understand and enjoy. There are photographs or drawings of many entrants, which adds to one's enjoyment of the book. This alphabetical compendium of the greats in medicine is an important reference, as the author states, for "all those interested in the practice and history of medicine." Like any dictionary this book is not intended to be read as a novel, though some will enjoy browsing through the pages and reading about individuals whose names are familiar (or at least it seems as if they should be).
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1000 extremely brief entries from Peter of Abano (who studied and classified poisons) to Yvunge Zotterman (a Swedish nerve impulse researcher). The alphabetically organized entries offer birth and death dates, as well as a sentence-length synopsis of the individuals primary achievement. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781850704669
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/15/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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Foreword. Chronological record.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2000

    What about the others?

    Well i feel that many African American medical pioneers were left out. What about more information on Dr. Charles Drew, who pineered blood plasma. There was a lot of good information, but what about herbal medicine and home remidies that were found out by the common person not a famous doctor.

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