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Great discoveries in medicine

Author: W F Bynum; Helen Bynum
Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 2011.
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"An unrivaled account of turning points and breakthroughs in medical knowledge and practice from ancient Egypt, India and China to the latest technology"--Page [4] of jacket.
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Genre/Form: Popular Works
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: W F Bynum; Helen Bynum
ISBN: 9780500251805 0500251800
OCLC Number: 759563312
Description: 304 pages : illustrations, portraits
Contents: The science & art of medicine --
Part 1: Discovering the body --
Egyptian medicine: art, archaeology, papyri and human remains --
Chinese medicine: understanding the whole --
Medicine in India: ayurveda in context --
Humours & pneumas: the hippocratic tradition --
Islamic medicine: transmission and innovation --
Dissecting the body: laying bare the flesh --
Pathological anatomy: cutting the corpse --
Cell theory: units of life --
Neuron theory: the last cellular frontier --
Molecules: the chemistry of life --
Part 2: Understanding health and disease --
Circulation: what goes around comes around --
Bedlam & beyond: confining the mad --
The milieu intérieur: the importance of equilibrium --
Germs: the greatest medical discovery? --
Parasites & vectors: insects & disease --
Psychoanalysis & psychotherapy: the talking cures --
Hormones: chemical messengers --
Immunology: the body's defences --
The genetic revolution: from genes to genome --
The evolution of cancer: hijacking the body --
Complementary medicine: curing through nature --
Part 3: Tools of the trade --
The stethoscope: listening in --
The microscope: discovering new worlds --
The hypodermic syringe: getting under the skin --
The thermometer: 'measure is medicine' --
X-rays & radiotherapy: invisible light illuminates the body --
The sphygmomanometer: feeling the pressure --
Defribrillators: rescuing the dying --
Lasers: light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation --
The endoscope: seeing round the corners --
Imaging the body: beyond the x-ray --
The incubator: re-inventing the womb --
Medical robots: a helping hand --
Part 4: Battling the scourges --
Plague: death on the ground scale --
Typhus: preying on the weak --
Cholera: the deadliest diarrhoea --
Puerperal fever: killer of mothers --
Tuberculosis: spitting blood --
Influenza A: a mutating virus --
Smallpox: eradicating a disease --
Polio: the summer plague --
HIV: a stark reminder --
Part 5: 'A pill for every ill' --
Opium: pleasure & pain --
Quinine: the bark against the bite --
Digitalis: tonic for the heart --
Penicillin: the healing mould --
The pill: a woman's choice --
Drugs for the mind: treating mental suffering --
Ventolin: breathing easier --
Beta-blockers: designer drugs --
Statins: lowering cholesterol --
Part 6: Surgical breakthroughs --
Paré & wounds: innovation on the battlefield --
Anaesthesia: revolutionizing surgery --
Antisepsis & asepsis: clean surgery --
Blood transfusion: the gift relationship --
Neurosurgery: the approach to the brain --
Cataract surgery: restoring lost sight --
Caesarean surgery: 'from his mother's womb / untimely ripped' --
Cardiac surgery: pushing the limits --
Transplant surgery: diseases & organs, self & non-self --
Hip replacement: new for old --
Keyhole surgery: through the looking glass --
Part 7: Medical triumphs --
Vaccines: preventing disease --
Vitamins: accessory food factors --
Insulin: 'a force of magical activity' --
Dialysis: the artificial kidney --
Smoking & health: lifestyle & medicine --
Assisted reproduction: IVF & embryo transfer --
The pap smear & human papilloma virus: a preventable cancer --
Helicobater pylori & peptic ulcer: bacteria in an unexpected place.
Responsibility: edited by William & Helen Bynum.

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