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Renaissance Medicine

Renaissance Medicine

by Ian Dawson

The title explores the major breakthroughs of this unique period of history.


The title explores the major breakthroughs of this unique period of history.

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These two series titles, Medicine in the Middle Ages and Renaissance Medicine, explain the daring challenges to prehistoric, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman scientific knowledge that birthed modern medicine. Middle Ages focuses on how travel, which brought the Black Death and competing eastern viewpoints, forced practitioners to reevaluate bleeding, pus generation, battlefield surgery, and the importance of cleanliness. Because this world blamed sickness on God and the devil, challenges to conventional thinking meant imprisonment. Renaissance Medicine describes increasing medical revolution fueled by the printing press, Leonardo da Vinci's marriage of art and science, the microscope, and inoculation. European expansion amplified epidemics, while war technology increased and worsened injuries. Medical scholars and practitioners continued struggling against establishment self-interest. Consequently important principles, such as cleanliness, could not be effectively implemented until the nineteenth century. The four reader-friendly volumes in this series, which also includes Prehistoric and Egyptian Medicine and Greek and Roman Medicine, are clearly sequenced but can also be read individually. Introductions explain each book's relationship to the previous period. Conclusions anticipate the next volume. All use clarifying sidebars, beautiful pictures, maps, and charts. A time line of events and people and a "Further Information" section that lists books, Web sites, and places to visit supplement the texts. An excellent companion to books such as Invisible Enemies (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2005/VOYA August 2005) and Plague and Pestilence: A Historyof Infectious Disease (Enslow, 1998), the series will fascinate young people with an interest in science, medicine, and history and motivate others readers to develop an interest. (The History of Medicine). VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Enchanted Lion, 64p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Further Reading. Chronology., PLB . Ages 11 to 18.
—Lucy Schall
School Library Journal
Gr 8-10-These four slim volumes attempt to trace the history of medicine from prehistoric times through the Renaissance. Each book looks at the methods of treating illness, the sanitation efforts and how they affected health, the success of the treatments, and how previous discoveries impacted the current practice of medicine. All four titles have full-color photographs, illustrations, maps, and discovery boxes often containing primary-source information. While the books are only 64 pages in length, and could have been combined into one volume, the author has included a tremendous amount of information in each one. Students will find material on the people involved, as well as the trends in each time period. Those researching general historical periods, as well as those looking for famous individuals or specific practices (such as trepanning), will find something here. Unfortunately, the books have some minor editing errors, typos, and some odd hyphenations.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Enchanted Lion Books
Publication date:
History of Medicine Series
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Ian Dawson has written and edited over 60 textbooks, including the best selling Medicine and Health through Time. A professor at the University of Leeds and a teacher trainer, he was director of the British Schools History Project from 1983-89. In 2003, he was awarded a fellowship as one of the 20 best professors in the UK.

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