Moments of Truth: Four Creators of Modern Medicine / Edition 1

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Overview

In the early eighteenth century admission to hospital was often a death sentence and operations little more than excruciating butchery. Thomas Dormandy recounts in vivid detail the lives of four men who helped to change this and who created modern medicine and surgery. They are:

Rene Laennec (1781- 1826) a French physician, who invented the stethoscope and virtually created modern physical diagnosis. He worked tirelessly to give his patients not only health but also dignity and hope until he himself succumbed to the greatest killer of his age, tuberculosis.

Ignác Semmelweis (1818- 1865) a brilliant but volatile Hungarian, who discovered why so many young women died in agony following childbirth. He himself died forsaken by all in a mental hospital. 

Joseph Lister (1827- 1912) a British surgeon, who recognised the cause of ‘hospital sepsis’ and devised a way to combat it. It opened the way to modern surgery. A great Victorian, he was high-minded, hard-working and compassionate but not without human weaknesses.

Walter Reed (1851- 1902) an American army pathologist, who discovered that Yellow Fever, a massive killer, was spread by mosquitoes.

This gripping narrative describes the world in which they lived and their moments of truth.

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Editorial Reviews

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"it is very readable."(The Camden New Journal, 25 March 2004)

" an enjoyable book". (Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, March 2004)

"very readable". (Islington Tribune, 26 March 2004)

"original and absorbing, quirky and engaging writing style, warmly recommend it as a biography, history, and a cracking good read". (Bulletin of the Royal College of Pathologists, July 2004)

"I enjoyed this book. The life-and-death business of medicine is well- nigh irresistible". (Nature, 26th August 2004)

“…removes some of the fearsome mystique surrounding the issue…” (Fraserburgh Herald, 22nd April 2005)

“…a pleasure to read…fresh and stimulating, judicious but unafraid of bracing judgement.” (Endeavour, Vol.29, No.2, June 2005)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470863213
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/9/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 1.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Dormandy is a retired consultant pathologist (MD, DSc, FRCS, FRCPath). He is the author of over 300 scientific papers as well as two books aimed at a general readership, The White Death, a history of tuberculosis (short-listed for the Aventis Prize) and Old Masters, a work of art history.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

I. Laennec and the Stethoscope.

II. Semmelweis and Childbed Fever.

III. Lister and Antiseptic Surgery.

IV. Reed and the Control of Epidemics.

Epilogue.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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