The Western Medical Tradition: 800 BC to AD 1800 / Edition 1

The Western Medical Tradition: 800 BC to AD 1800 / Edition 1

by Lawrence I. Conrad, Michael Neve, Vivian Nutton, Roy Porter
     
 

Written by members of the Academic Unit of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London, the world's leading centre for the history of medicine, this book surveys the Western medical tradition in all its aspects from the Greeks until 1800 AD, and in its transformations and transplantations into the world of Islam and the Americas. As well as describing… See more details below

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Written by members of the Academic Unit of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London, the world's leading centre for the history of medicine, this book surveys the Western medical tradition in all its aspects from the Greeks until 1800 AD, and in its transformations and transplantations into the world of Islam and the Americas. As well as describing the diseases, medical theories, and medical therapies of the past, it places them in a wide social context, and discusses religious and alternative healing as well as major advances in medicine, surgery. and pharmacology. It includes the accounts of patients as well as of their healers, the pains of childbirth and the preparations for death. Although major figures are covered in detail, this is not a history of great men and great moments in medicine, but an attempt to understand the limitations as well as the triumphs of medicine in pre-modern society. The very latest findings of medical historians are here presented in a lively form accessible to all who are interested in the formation of modern ideas on health and healing. The book provides essential reading as a new synthesis for all students of the history of medicine.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521475648
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
570
Sales rank:
322,041
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Medicine in the Greek world, 800-50 BC11
2Roman medicine, 250 BC to AD 20039
3Medicine in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages71
4The Arab-Islamic medical tradition93
5Medicine in Medieval Western Europe, 1000-1500139
6Medicine in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1700215
7The Eighteenth Century371
8Conclusion477
Bibliography for chapters 1-7495
General bibliography511
Index518

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