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The Cambridge History of Medicine, first published in 2006, surveys the rise of medicine in the West from classical times to the present. Covering both the social and scientific history of medicine, this volume traces the chronology of key developments and events, while at the same time engaging with the issues, discoveries, and controversies that have beset and characterized medical progress. The authors weave a narrative that connects disease, doctors, primary care, surgery, the rise of hospitals, drug treatment and pharmacology, mental illness and psychiatry. This volume emphasizes the crucial developments of the past 150 years, but also examines classical, medieval, and Islamic and East Asian medicine. Authoritative and accessible, The Cambridge History of Medicine is for readers wanting a lively and informative introduction to medical history.Read more
- First published as the Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine (1996)
- Includes an updated bibliography and a new addendum on the future of medicine, written by Geoff Watts, the host of the BBC program 'Leading Edge'
- Authoritative and accessible introduction to medical history
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"It is a book by historians about the social and scientific history of medicine. It gives special attention to the past 200 years but also surveys primitive medicine, dating to prehistory. The book is both lucid and readable and ought to be of wide interest."
New England Journal of Medicine, Robert N. Tyson, M.D., University of WashingtonSee more reviews
"Porter and the other authors of the volume try to present a balanced view of modern medicine, pointing to both its achievements, such as the triumph over contagious diseases, and its problems, such as its overwhelming cost. There is much in this book that is interesting and worth learning about."
H-Histsex, Robin Ganev, Department of History, University of Regina
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- Date Published: June 2006
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521682893
- length: 416 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 28 mm
- weight: 0.54kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction Roy Porter
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 Pickston
10. Looking to the future (1995) Geoff Watts
Addendum: looking to the future revisited Geoff Watts.
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