Pioneers in Medicine and Their Impact on Tuberculosis

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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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Even though it is often technical, in Daniel's talented hands the text is easy and even, and occasionally pleasurable to read. The useful glossary and excellent documentation and index make the book accessible to a wide audience. CHOICE In this fascinating book. . . Daniel presents a masterful summary of tuberculosis history. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION Interesting, accessible, and well-crafted. . . to appeal to general readers. . . Daniel knows enough about tuberculosis that anything he writes on the subject is likely to be informative and worth reading. This book is both. BULLETIN OF THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE Daniel's summary of tuberculosis history is clearly written and includes a useful glossary. SOCIAL HISTORY OF MEDICINE 16.1 2003 Highly informative and readable. CANADIAN BULLETIN OF MEDICAL HISTORY
Thomas M. Daniel
Throughout history, tuberculosis has claimed center stage as a killer of humankind. A century ago, it was a leading cause of deathunfortunately, the day is yet to come when we can put tuberculosis behind us or be far removed from it. It continues to be a significant problem in underdeveloped regions, and the resurgence of drug-resistant tuberculosis poses an ominous threat, even in affluent countries. In this fascinating book, Thomas M. Daniel, MD, emeritus professor of medicine and international health at Case Western Reserve University, takes the reader through the pages of history, recounting the tale of tuberculosis from before the days of Hippocrates to the present.

Each chapter is well referenced. An index and glossary are included. As a physician with a keen interest in history, I came away enlightened by Dr Daniel's monograph. I am certain that this well-written book will also inspire other students of medicine and medical history.
Journal of American Medical Association

Daniel (medicine and international health, emeritus, Case Western Reserve U.) recounts the stories of six medical scientists who struggled to understand tuberculosis, from pathologist Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec (1781-1826) to antibiotics researcher Selman Abraham Waksman (1888-1973). The author examines their contributions in their own fields, the importance of their discoveries, their specific contribution to the understanding of tuberculosis, and the dramatic expansion of medical science during the times in which they lived. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580460675
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/21/2001
  • 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
Pt. I Medicine and the White Plague
1 Medial History and Tuberculosis - The Warp and the Weft 3
2 The Pathogenesis and Natural History of Tuberculosis 17
3 The Origins and Epidemic Spread of Tuberculosis 25
Pt. II Six Pioneers
4 Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec, 1781-1826, Pioneer of Pathology 36
5 Heinrich Hermann Robert Koch, 1843-1901, Pioneer of Bacteriology 62
6 Hermann Michael Biggs, 1859-1923, Pioneer of Public Health 98
7 Clemens von Pirquet, 1874-1929, Pioneer of Immunology 132
8 Wade Hampton Frost, 1880-1938, Pioneer of Epidemiology 156
9 Selman Abraham Waksman, 1888-1973, Pioneer of Antibiotics 178
Pt. III Epilogue
10 Reflections 205
Notes 210
Glossary 236
Index 249
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