Medicine in Quotations: Views of Health and Disease Through the Ages / Edition 2

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Who was the first to write about a certain disease, diagnose it, and treat it? This book answers those questions for a wide range of diseases, from Abetalipoproteinemia to Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. What were the medical practitioners of previous generations hoping to achieve? What were their patients expecting of them? The answers are found in these quotations. Containing over 3,000 entries, and now updated with more than 450 new quotations, this new edition of Medicine in Quotations is the most comprehensive collection of its type published in over 30 years. It is much more than a random collection of famous sayings relating to sickness and health, disease and treatment; it is a portrait of medicine throughout recorded history. You will discover how medical concepts and practices have developed and shifted through the millennia, and how many illnesses recognized today were first identified a thousand or more years ago. Quotations are organized by topic, and each is fully referenced, allowing curious readers to return to the original source. Subject and author indices make it easy to find quotations of interest. Medicine in Quotations is an invaluable resource for writers, speakers, and all those interested in the history of medicine.

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Reviewer: Elizabeth Connor, MLS, DM/AHIP(The Citadel)
Description: This book is a well-organized, formatted, and referenced collection of medical quotations and clinical descriptions for practicing physicians, medical students, and medical historians. Edward J. Huth is the former editor of Annals of Internal Medicine and T. Jock Murray is former Chairman of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians. The first edition of this work was published in 2000.
Purpose: This book's stated aim is to use medical quotations to demonstrate how "some medical concepts and practices have developed and changed through generations and how others have remained remarkably constant." This work's title is particularly significant in that it refers to "medicine in quotations" rather than "medical quotations," a distinction that differentiates it from typical quotations works.
Audience: Readers interested in the history of medicine, clinical practice, and related fields will appreciate this work. Libraries that collect medical quotations books should purchase it.
Features: The typical entry includes the attributed author, date of the quotation or excerpt, quotation or excerpt, source title, and a reference number than can be used to locate the full source citation in the author-title index. Entries are arranged alphabetically by topic (anatomy, informed consent, lead poisoning, pain, etc.), and chronologically within topic sections. The author-citation index is excellent. The subject index is thorough and useful.
Assessment: One of the work's editors (Edward J. Huth) contributed quotations to Maurice Benjamin Strauss's Familiar Medical Quotations (Boston: Little, Brown, 1968). Readers seeking clever quotations for talks or party chatter may prefer Jess M. Brallier's Medical Wit and Wisdom: the Best Medical Quotations from Hippocrates to Groucho Marx (Philadelphia: Running Press, 1993), or Peter McDonald's Oxford Dictionary of Medical Quotations (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004). This work is unusual and different from typical medical quotations books in that it emphasizes original, historical descriptions of diseases (achondroplasia, Crohn disease, Klinefelter syndrome, etc.), which are of enormous value to medical professionals and students. The editors admit the preponderance of quotations related to internal medicine and neurology, their own specialties, which will be apparent to various medical specialists, but does not detract from the overall value of this fine work.
Johanna Shapiro
This is a handsome compilation of medically related quotations. The editors, both renowned scholars, identify several uses for this text, including scrutinizing quotations either to challenge or confirm one's own strongly held viewpoints; or simply to acquire or deepen a sense of medical history. Educators, writers, and speakers in medically related fields will find the book invaluable. This book consists of alphabetized general topics and specific diagnoses, each with accompanying quotations arranged in chronological order. Of greatest interest, in my judgment, are issues that penetrate to the heart of medicine: "Medicine," "Physician-Patient Relations," "Medical Practice." In these sections voices from a multiplicity of perspectives are heard, and the values and conflicts that have characterized medicine through the ages are most clearly elucidated. The book is well researched, with precise citation sources, and an exhaustive index. It is a timely update and expansion of a book published in 1968, Strauss' Familiar Medical Quotations. One small shortcoming is the lack of biographical information about contributors, especially more obscure individuals who may not be familiar to readers. The dictionary-style organization might seem conducive to supplying quotational "quick-fixes" for tedious or intellectually sloppy thought. Instead, perusal of this book invites serious philosophical musing. Confronted with the keen minds of Hippocrates, Descartes, Mark Twain, or William Osler, one cannot help pondering the past and future of medicine. The lesser-known John Morgan observed in 1765, "As the most precious metals in a state of ore are mixed with dross, so the choicetruths of Medicine are frequently blended with a heap of rubbish." Contemplating these words, we can only hope to cling to medicine's timeless verities while having the wisdom to discard its dross.
Library Journal
This is not the type of quotation collection from which one could choose glib after-dinner remarks about medical care for a lay audience. Huth (editor emeritus, Annals of Internal Medicine) and Murray (medical humanities and medicine, Dalhousie Univ.) assembled this book from contributions by Annals readers who submitted quotations from historical medical sources. The 3000-plus entries range from the obscure (two quotations about abetalipoproteinemia, an 1802 quotation about globus hystericus) to the expected (ten quotations about women in medicine, 72 about medical education, with sources ranging from Hippocrates to Sherwin Nuland) to the unexpected (a quotation about toxins from Croatian Medical Quotations, one from Don DeLillo about patient information). In contrast with the more general-interest Medical Quotes: A Thematic Dictionary (Facts on File, 1989), edited by John Daintith and Amanda Isaacs, Medicine in Quotations offers an extremely detailed and comprehensive author-citation index, in itself a useful reference tool, as well as a subject index. The book is suitable for medical, academic, and history of medicine collections as well as large public libraries that lack similar works. Given its price and specialized audience, it is an optional purchase for other libraries.--Martha E. Stone, Massachusetts General Hosp. Lib., Boston Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Medical historians Huth and Murray compile over 3,000 quotations arranged by topic so readers can trace the history of thinking about such specific areas as contraception from the first century to the 20th, medical education from Hippocrates to 1999, and vivisection from Samuel Johnson in the middle of the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th. The original works are cited, and subjects and authors are indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930513679
  • Publisher: American College of Physicians
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 581
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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