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Medicine before Science

Medicine before Science
The Business of Medicine from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment

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  • Date Published: March 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521007610

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  • This book is an introduction to the history of university-trained physicians from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth-century Enlightenment. While considered elite (in reputation and rewards) and successful, we know little of their clinical effectiveness. To modern eyes their theory and practice often seems bizarre. But historical evidence reveals that they were judged on other criteria, and this book asserts that these physicians helped to construct and meet the expectations of society.

    • A comprehensive overview of how medicine worked before it became 'scientific', by a well-known and experienced author
    • Covers an exceptionally long chronological period, from the ancient world to the Enlightenment period of the eighteenth century
    • Explores a large number of previously-ignored texts
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...a useful, important, and welcomed contribution to the bookshelf of every student of premodern science." Bulletin of the History of Medicine

    "...written in an engaging style and with a broad historical sweep..." History

    "...the book is a lucid and well-organized introduction to the European Latin tradition of medicine, covering a long time-span, synthesising a vast array of material and research into a coherent framework, useful to students and experts in the field alike." Robert Juette, Instituts fur Geschichte der Medizin der Robert Bosch Stiftung

    "The book will surely raise the interest of future scholars and serve them well." American Historical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521007610
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Sources:
    1. Hippocrates and the philosophers
    2. Galen
    Part II. The Latin Tradition:
    3. Medieval schools
    4. Scholastic medicine
    5. The weakening of the Latin tradition
    Part III. The Crisis:
    6. The crisis of theory
    7. Resolutions
    8. Enlightenment, systems and science
    Select bibliography.

  • Author

    Roger French, University of Cambridge
    Roger French is Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Clare Hall.

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