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The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine

The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine

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  • Editor: Roy Porter, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, University College London
Vivian Nutton, Roy Porter, Edward Shorter, Miles Weatherall, John Pickstone, Geoff Watts
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  • Date Published: August 2001
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print April 2018
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521002523

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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
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    '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

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521002523
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 203 x 29 mm
    • weight: 1.354kg
    • contains: 250 b/w illus. 120 colour illus. 12 maps
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print April 2018
  • Table of Contents

    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
    Further reading
    Index of medical personalities
    General index
    Picture acknowledgements.

  • Editor

    Roy Porter, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, University College London
    Roy Porter is Professor in the Social History of Medicine at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London, and has taught previously at the University of Cambridge and at UCLA. Among his many influential books in the field are Mind Forg'd Manacles: Madness in England from the Restoration to the Regency; A Social History of Madness; Health for Sale: Quackery in England, 1660–1850; Doctor of Society: Thomas Beddoes and the Sick Trade in Late Enlightenment England; London: A Social History; and (co-authored with Dorothy Porter) In Sickness and in Health: the British Experience, 1650–1850 and Patient's Progress.


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

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