The Youngest Science: Notes Of A Medicine-watcher

Paperback | May 1, 1995

byLewis Thomas

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From the 1920s when he watched his father, a general practitioner who made housecalls and wrote his prescriptions in Latin, to his days in medical school and beyond, Lewis Thomas saw medicine evolve from an art into a sophisticated science. The Youngest Science is Dr. Thomas's account of his life in the medical profession and an inquiry into what medicine is all about--the youngest science, but one rich in possibility and promise.

He chronicles his training in Boston and New York, his war career in the South Pacific, his most impassioned research projects, his work as an administrator in hospitals and medical schools, and even his experiences as a patient. Along the way, Thomas explores the complex relationships between research and practice, between words and meanings, between human error and human accomplishment, More than a magnificent autobiography, The Youngest Science is also a celebration and a warning--about the nature of medicine and about the future life of our planet.

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A doctor's fascinating view of what medicine was, and what it has become. Thomas first learned about medicine by watching his father practice in an era when doctors comforted rather than healed. Looking back upon his experiences as a medical student, young doctor, and senior researcher, Thomas notes that medicine is now rich in possibi...

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From the 1920s when he watched his father, a general practitioner who made housecalls and wrote his prescriptions in Latin, to his days in medical school and beyond, Lewis Thomas saw medicine evolve from an art into a sophisticated science. The Youngest Science is Dr. Thomas's account of his life in the medical profession and an inquir...

Lewis Thomas was born in Flushing, New York, and received his medical degree from Harvard University, with a specialization in internal medicine and pathology. He has been a professor at several medical schools, as well as dean of the Yale Medical School. Most recently Thomas has been chancellor and president emeritus of the Memorial S...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.6 × 5.08 × 0.64 inPublished:May 1, 1995Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140243275

ISBN - 13:9780140243277

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

The Youngest Science - Lewis Thomas 1. Amity Street
2. House Calls
3. 1911 Medicine
4. 1933 Medicine
5. 1937 Internship
6. Leech Leech, Et Cetera
7. Nurses
8. Neurology
9. Guam and Okinawa
10. Itinerary
11. NYU Pathology
12. NYU Bellevue Medicine
13. The Board of Health
14. Endotoxin
15. Cambridge
16. The Governance of a University
17. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Mycoplasmas
18. MSKCC: The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
19. Olfaction and the Tracking Mouse
20. Illness
21. Scabies, Scrapie
22. Essays and Gaia
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A doctor's fascinating view of what medicine was, and what it has become. Thomas first learned about medicine by watching his father practice in an era when doctors comforted rather than healed. Looking back upon his experiences as a medical student, young doctor, and senior researcher, Thomas notes that medicine is now rich in possibility and promise.