Western Medicine: An Illustrated History

Hardcover | June 1, 1997

EditorIrvine Loudon

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Covering all periods from Ancient Greece to the present day, this richly illustrated history of medicine offers information and insight on a wide variety of topics. The great milestones of medical history - among them the discovery of the circulation of the blood, vaccination against smallpox,the invention of the X-ray, the development of penicillin - are charted. They are set against the social context of medicine, with accounts of more neglected areas such as patterns of epidemics, the emergence of the medical profession, the history of nursing, unorthodox medical practice, the spreadof western medicine beyond Europe and the US, and the patient's viewpoint. Authoritatively and accessibly written by a team of twenty distinguished medical historians and including a helpful glossary, a chronology, and a full index, this is a fascinating introduction to medicine in the west from its beginnings to the present day.

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Featuring more than 150 illustrations, including twenty-four color plates, a finely produced history ranges from the birth of rational medicine in ancient Greece to modern organ transplants and includes a glossary, a chronology, and an index. History Feat

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Covering all periods from Ancient Greece to the present day, this richly illustrated history of medicine offers information and insight on a wide variety of topics. The great milestones of medical history - among them the discovery of the circulation of the blood, vaccination against smallpox,the invention of the X-ray, the development...

A former GP and Research Fellow at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford, Irvine Loudon's books include Death in Childbirth: An International Study of Maternal Care and Maternal Mortality 1800-1959 (Clarendon Press, 1992).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:364 pages, 9.53 × 7.01 × 1.1 inPublished:June 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198205090

ISBN - 13:9780198205098

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List of Colour Illustrations; List of ContributorsI. FROM THE HIPPOCRATIC CORPUS TO TWENTIETH-CENTURY MEDICINE1. Martin Kemp: Medicine in View: Art and Visual Representation2. James Longrigg: Medicine in the Classical World3. Emilie Savage-Smith: Europe and Islam4. Michael McVaugh: Medicine in the Middle Ages c.500-13505. Katherine Park: Medicine and the Renaissance6. Harold Cook: From the Scientific Revolution to Germ Theory7. E. M. Tansey: From Germ Theory to 19458. Stephen Lock: From 1950 to the PresentII. MEDICINE IN CONTEXT9. Lisa Rosner: The Growth of Medical Education and the Medical Profession10. Ulrich Trohler and Cay-Rudiger Prull: The Rise of the Modern Hospital11. Mary Dobson: Epidemics and the Geography of Disease12. Anne Summers: Nurses and Ancilliaries in the Christian Era13. Irvine Loudon: Childbirth14. J. A. Walker-Smith: Children in Hospital 1850-199015. Michael Neve: Medicine and the Mind16. Michael Worboys: The Spread of Western Medicine17. Margaret Pelling: Unofficial and Unorthodox Medicine18. Jane Lewis: Medicine, Politics, and the State19. Anne Digby: The Patient's ViewGlossary; Chronology; Index

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Featuring more than 150 illustrations, including twenty-four color plates, a finely produced history ranges from the birth of rational medicine in ancient Greece to modern organ transplants and includes a glossary, a chronology, and an index. History Feat

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`This engrossing history of medicine begins with Ancient Greece and carries on to the present day. This is a fascinating insight into a profession which all too often sees its history in the form of practitioners and institutions.'Contemporary Review