The Rise of Experimental Biology: An Illustrated History / Edition 1

The Rise of Experimental Biology: An Illustrated History / Edition 1

by Peter L. Lutz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1617372137

ISBN-13: 9781617372131

Pub. Date: 12/08/2010

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC

For more than three thousand years our physiological and medical knowledge has developed from the simple reading of entrails to the computerized decoding of the human genome. In The Rise of Experimental Biology: An Illustrated History, Peter Lutz, PhD, brilliantly traverses the major milestones along the evolutionary path of biomedicine from earliest recorded

Overview

For more than three thousand years our physiological and medical knowledge has developed from the simple reading of entrails to the computerized decoding of the human genome. In The Rise of Experimental Biology: An Illustrated History, Peter Lutz, PhD, brilliantly traverses the major milestones along the evolutionary path of biomedicine from earliest recorded times to the dawn of the 20th century. With an engaging narrative that will have you turning "just one more page" well into the night, this book revealingly demonstrates just how the modern scientific method has been shaped by the past. Along the way the reader is treated to some delightfully entertaining anecdotes and a treasure trove of illustrations that chronicle the tortuous history of biomedical developments, ranging from the bizarre and amusing to the downright macabre. The reader will also be introduced to the major ideas shaping contemporary experimental biology, as well as their social context, and also learn how advances in their understanding have occasionally been improperly used to satisfy momentary social or political needs.

Accessibly written and richly pictorial, The Rise of Experimental Biology: An Illustrated History will entertain as well as inform a broad audience of not only experimental biologists, medical scientists, and natural philosophers, but also everyone interested in history and medicine today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781617372131
Publisher:
Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
Publication date:
12/08/2010
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2002
Pages:
201
Product dimensions:
8.27(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.32(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Science is Improbable

The Beginnings

Myth and Magic

Mesopotamia

Egypt

Early Greek Science

The Milesians

The Post-Milesians

The Soul. Summary

The Age of Plato and Aristotle

Plato and Theory

Aristotle and Observation

The Alexandrian Period: The Age of the Experiment and the Textbook

The Roman Period

Celsus

Pliny

Galen

The Dark Ages.

Islamic Science

Scholasticism and Science

The Renaissance: The Birth of Science

The Renaissance: The Birth of Experimental Biology

The New Physiology

Iatrochemistry

Iatrophysics

New Technology, New Physiology

The New World of the Very Small

Vital Air

Reaction and Opposition

The Enlightenment and Rational Biology

Rational Biology

The Emergence of Physiology

Transition to the 19th Century: Popular Science, Eccentric Science, and Romantic Physiology

Hunter and Spallanzani: The Last Great All-Rounders

The Science Museum: Collecting and Displaying

Romantic Physiology

The Consolidation of Experimental Biology

Respiration

Metabolic Chemistry

Internal Secretions

Renal Physiology

Digestion

Benefits

New Fields

Evolution and Physiology

Physiology Abused

Gullability

Reckless Intervention

Evolutionary Genetics and Social Repression

Today

What is Science?

Biology Today

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