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The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine


  • 250 b/w illus. 120 colour illus. 12 maps
  • Page extent: 400 pages
  • Size: 253 x 203 mm
  • Weight: 1.354 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 610/.9
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: R131 .C232 2001
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Medicine--History

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521002523 | ISBN-10: 0521002524)

DOI: 10.2277/0521002524

  • There was also a Hardback of this title but it is no longer available
  • Published August 2001

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Against the backdrop of an unprecedented concern for health today, The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine not only surveys the rise of medicine in the West from earliest times to the present day, but also glimpses into the future. It is written by a team of experts co-ordinated by one of the most distinguished and prolific writers and researchers into the history of medicine, Professor Roy Porter. Both authoritative and accessible, The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine is the only serious choice for a reader wanting a lively and informative single-volume introduction to medical history.

• Written by a team of world-renowned specialists in medical history • Strikingly illustrated in colour throughout, with box features and additional reference material • A lively and readable text, providing unusual insights into the subject


Introduction; 1. The history of disease Kenneth F. Kiple; 2. The rise of medicine Vivian Nutton; 3. What is disease? Roy Porter; 4. Primary care Edward Shorter; 5. Medical science Roy Porter; 6. Hospitals and surgery Roy Porter; 7. Drug treatment and the rise in pharmacology Miles Weatherall; 8. Mental illness Roy Porter; 9. Medicine, society, and the state John Pickstone; 10. Looking to the future Geoff Watts; Reference guide: Chronology; Major human diseases; Notes; Further reading; Index of medical personalities; General index; Picture acknowledgements.


'We have come to expect from the Cambridge Illustrated History series informative and elegantly produced volumes, and this one on the history of medicine lives up to expectations.' Isis

'The book immerses the reader in the history of one of the noblest and earliest professions. It will be valuable for those in need of references or photographs for lectures or as a gift for a physician … could serve well as a compelling textbook for medical-school courses … The book is one of unique richness.' The New England Journal of Medicine

'… every hospital library should have a copy.' AcpNews

'Previously published in hardback, this new reprint of an easy readable text, with many illustrations, partly in color, is a pleasure to read. Note the low price - A real bargain!' Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews


Vivian Nutton, Roy Porter, Edward Shorter, Miles Weatherall, John Pickstone, Geoff Watts

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