Pioneers in Medicine and Their Impact on Tuberculosis

Pioneers in Medicine and Their Impact on Tuberculosis

by Thomas M. Daniel
     
 

ISBN-10: 1580460674

ISBN-13: 9781580460675

Pub. Date: 01/21/2001

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited

Throughout history, tuberculosis has been at or near the top of the list of infectious diseases that have plagued humankind. This pervasive disease has had a central position not only in causing illness but also in challenging medical scientists to understand it -- and, in so doing, to further understand all of human health and illness. Pioneers in Medicine and Their…  See more details below

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Throughout history, tuberculosis has been at or near the top of the list of infectious diseases that have plagued humankind. This pervasive disease has had a central position not only in causing illness but also in challenging medical scientists to understand it -- and, in so doing, to further understand all of human health and illness. Pioneers in Medicine and Their Impact on Tuberculosis tells the stories of six of these individuals: Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec (pathology), Heinrich Hermann Robert Koch (bacteriology), Hermann Michael Biggs (public health), Clemens von Pirquet (immunology), Wade Hampton Frost (epidemiology), and Selman Abraham Waksman (antibiotics). It examines not only their contributions in their own fields but also their special work in conquering tuberculosis. Presenting their fascinating lives and the seminal work they did in their disciplines, the author examines the importance of their discoveries and relates them to the dramatic expansion of medical science during the era in which they lived. Thomas M. Daniel is Professor Emeritus of Medicine and International Health and Emeritus Director of the Center for International Health at Case Western Reserve University. His previous book, Captain of Death: The Story of Tuberculosis (University of Rochester Press, 1997) was "strongly recommended" by the New England Journal of Medicine, and was selected by Choice for its Outstanding Academic Book List for 1998.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580460675
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
01/21/2001
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
0.63(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Portraits
List of Figures and Tables
Introduction
Acknowledgments
Pt. IMedicine and the White Plague
1Medial History and Tuberculosis - The Warp and the Weft3
2The Pathogenesis and Natural History of Tuberculosis17
3The Origins and Epidemic Spread of Tuberculosis25
Pt. IISix Pioneers
4Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec, 1781-1826, Pioneer of Pathology36
5Heinrich Hermann Robert Koch, 1843-1901, Pioneer of Bacteriology62
6Hermann Michael Biggs, 1859-1923, Pioneer of Public Health98
7Clemens von Pirquet, 1874-1929, Pioneer of Immunology132
8Wade Hampton Frost, 1880-1938, Pioneer of Epidemiology156
9Selman Abraham Waksman, 1888-1973, Pioneer of Antibiotics178
Pt. IIIEpilogue
10Reflections205
Notes210
Glossary236
Index249

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