Greatest Benefit To Mankind: A Medical History Of Humanity

Paperback | October 26, 1999

byRoy A Porter

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Hailed as "a remarkable achievement" (Boston Sunday Globe) and as "a triumph: simultaneously entertaining and instructive, witty and thought-provoking . . . a splendid and thoroughly engrossing book" (Los Angeles Times), Roy Porter's charting of the history of medicine affords us an opportunity as never before to assess its culture and science and its costs and benefits to mankind. Porter explores medicine's evolution against the backdrop of the wider religious, scientific, philosophical, and political beliefs of the culture in which it develops, covering ground from the diseases of the hunter-gatherers to today's threat of AIDS and ebola, from the clearly defined conviction of the Hippocratic oath to the muddy ethical dilemmas of modern-day medicine. Offering up a treasure trove of historical surprises along the way, this book "has instantly become the standard single-volume work in its field" (The Lancet). "The author's perceptiveness is, as usual, scalpel-sharp; his manner genially bedside; his erudition invigorating." - Simon Schama

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Documenting the history of medicine, this book looks at the evolution of a fascinating science. The Greatest Benefit to Mankind also examines the religious, scientific, philosophical and political beliefs influenced by the field’s progress. It looks at the earliest ailments of hunter-gatherers to more recent medical phenomena like AIDS...

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Hailed as "a remarkable achievement" (Boston Sunday Globe) and as "a triumph: simultaneously entertaining and instructive, witty and thought-provoking . . . a splendid and thoroughly engrossing book" (Los Angeles Times), Roy Porter's charting of the history of medicine affords us an opportunity as never before to assess its culture and...

The late Roy Porter was professor of the history of medicine at University College, London. His books include The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:872 pages, 9.2 × 6.1 × 1.4 inPublished:October 26, 1999Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393319806

ISBN - 13:9780393319804

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Documenting the history of medicine, this book looks at the evolution of a fascinating science. The Greatest Benefit to Mankind also examines the religious, scientific, philosophical and political beliefs influenced by the field’s progress. It looks at the earliest ailments of hunter-gatherers to more recent medical phenomena like AIDS and Ebola.