Medicine: A Graphic History

Medicine: A Graphic History

Medicine: A Graphic History

Medicine: A Graphic History


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An engaging, informative, and endlessly surprising graphic history of medicine

In the Middle Ages, surgery was performed by barbers due to their skill with sharp instruments. In the mid-19th century, a “grand exhibition” of the effects of laughing gas inadvertently led to the discovery of anesthesia. Three decades later, Louis Pasteur enjoyed a crucial breakthrough in his search for vaccinations because his assistant decided, against his orders, to take a vacation.

Here, cardiac surgeon and professor of medical history Jean-Noël Fabiani stitches together the most significant and intriguing episodes from the history of medicine, from chance breakthroughs to hard-fought scientific discoveries. Spanning centuries and crossing continents, this funny, fast-paced yet rigorously detailed graphic novel guides us through one of the most wondrous strands of human history, covering everything from bloodletting to organ donation, X-rays, and prosthetics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910593790
Publisher: SelfMadeHero
Publication date: 05/12/2020
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Dr. Jean-Noël Fabiani is head of the department of cardiac surgery at Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris. He is also a professor at the Paris-Descartes University, where he spent a decade teaching the history of medicine. Philippe Bercovici is a comic book artist from Nice, France, who has published numerous comics and graphic novels.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 From Prehistoric Times to Antiquity 7

Chapter 2 The Middle Ages 21

Chapter 3 From Barbers to Surgeons 33

Chapter 4 The Great Epidemics 39

Chapter 5 The Circulation of Blood 57

Chapter 6 The Instruments of Medicine 73

Chapter 7 The Modern Age Dawns 83

Chapter 8 Anaesthesia at Last! 89

Chapter 9 The Fight Against Infection 95

Chapter 10 Experimental Medicine 111

Chapter 11 Children's Medicine 117

Chapter 12 In Search of Mental Illness 127

Chapter 13 Ophthalmology 143

Chapter 14 The Foundations of Life: Cellular Biology and Genetics 149

Chapter 15 Procreation, Contraception… Recreation 157

Chapter 16 As Good As New 163

Chapter 17 From Herbs to Pills 187

Chapter 18 Forensic Medicine 205

Chapter 19 Social Security and Humanitarian Care 213

Chapter 20 A Few Modern Plagues 221

Chapter 21 Advances in Research 231

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