Disease and Medicine in World History by Sheldon WattsDisease and Medicine in World History by Sheldon Watts

Disease and Medicine in World History

bySheldon WattsEditorSheldon Watts

Paperback | November 7, 2003

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Disease and Medicine in World Historyis a concise introduction to diverse ideas about diseases and their treatment throughout the world. Drawing on case studies from ancient Egypt to present-day America, Asia and Europe, this survey discusses concepts of sickness and forms of treatment in many cultures.

Sheldon Watts shows that many medical practices in the past were shaped as much by philosophers and metaphysicians as by university-trained doctors and other practitioners.

Subjects covered include:

  • Pharaonic Egypt and the pre-conquest New World
  • the evolution of medical systems in the Middle East
  • health and healing on the Indian subcontinent
  • medicine and disease in China
  • the globalization of disease in the modern world
  • the birth and evolution of modern scientific medicine.

This volume is a landmark contribution to the field of world history. It covers the principal medical systems known in the world, based on extensive original research. Watts raises questions about globalization in medicine and the potential impact of infectious diseases in the present day.

Sheldon Wattsis a visiting professor of history at the American University in Cairo. He is the author ofEpidemics and History: Disease, Power and Imperialism(Yale, 1997).
Title:Disease and Medicine in World HistoryFormat:PaperbackPublished:November 7, 2003Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415278171

ISBN - 13:9780415278171


Editorial Reviews

"Sheldon Watts has established a reputation as one of the world's premier scholars on global disease and medicine. Disease and Medicine in World History offers an insightful and provocative analysis of medical thought and practice situated securely in their social and cultural contexts." - Jerry H. Bentley, University of Hawaii