Doctors: The Biography of Medicine

Doctors: The Biography of Medicine

by Sherwin B. Nuland


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Doctors: The Biography of Medicine by Sherwin B. Nuland

From the author of How We Die, the extraordinary story of the development of modern medicine, told through the lives of the physician-scientists who paved the way.

How does medical science advance? Popular historians would have us believe that a few heroic individuals, possessing superhuman talents, lead an unselfish quest to better the human condition. But as renowned Yale surgeon and medical historian Sherwin B. Nuland shows in this brilliant collection of linked life portraits, the theory bears little resemblance to the truth. Through the centuries, the men and women who have shaped the world of medicine have been not only very human, but also very much the products of their own times and places. Presenting compelling studies of great medical innovators and pioneers, Doctors gives us a fascinating history of modern medicine. Ranging from the legendary Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, to Andreas Vesalius, whose Renaissance masterwork on anatomy offered invaluable new insight into the human body, to Helen Taussig, founder of pediatric cardiology and co-inventor of the original "blue baby" operation, here is a volume filled with the spirit of ideas and the thrill of discovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679760092
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/1995
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 519
Sales rank: 465,755
Product dimensions: 5.21(w) x 7.98(h) x 1.36(d)

About the Author

Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D., was a clinical professor of surgery at Yale University and the author of numerous books, including How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter, which won the National Book Award, Lost in America: A Journey with My Father, Maimonides, and Leonardo da Vinci. In addition to his numerous articles for medical publications, he wrote for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New Republic, Time, and The New York Review of Books. Dr. Nuland died in 2014.

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MAthayde1010 More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding book! Certainly, it is one of the most illustrative ones I have learned, in regards to its theme. It places the reader - and doctors in particular, as it is my case - in direct and thrilling contact with how and why many aspects of Medicine are practiced as we know them today. Furthermore, it reminds us - doctors - the saga of a number of predecessors in our profession, as well as their achievements and the hardships they had to face to overcome obstacles. In case you are into the medical field, have someone close to you who are or would like to give an amazing gift to a friend, please buy this book! I can assure that you will be extremely happy with the result! Finally, I just would like to point out that I do not work for the editing company of Doctors (as a matter of fact I am a Plastic Surgeon and Head of the Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery Department at the Royal Hospital, in Sharjah, UAE) or have ever had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland, so far. I am enthusiastic about my comments in regards to the Book Doctors because of its fascinating content, which is so real and interesting, clearly shared, plus due to the fact that I believe that spreading the word of culture should be an obligation we must all fulfill.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thos book is really helpful to show us exactly wat the medicine does and how ot works and the types. I suggest you read this if you wanna become a doctor.