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A short history of medicine,

Author: Charles Singer; E Ashworth Underwood; Milwaukee Academy of Medicine. Book Collection.
Publisher: New York, Oxford University Press, 1962.
Series: Milwaukee Academy of Medicine Collection.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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"Since the first publication of this book in 1928 Charles Singer made minor alterations in the text during successive reprintings, but, although he considered that a more extensive revision was desirable he was never able to devote the necessary time to this work. Some years ago he asked me to undertake the preparation of a new edition. He entrusted the writing of the work to me, and I am entirely responsible for
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Singer, Charles Joseph, 1876-1960.
Short history of medicine.
New York, Oxford University Press, 1962
(OCoLC)598486267
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Singer; E Ashworth Underwood; Milwaukee Academy of Medicine. Book Collection.
OCLC Number: 419775
Description: 854 pages illustrations 22 cm.
Contents: The dawn of medicine --
Ancient Greece --
The heirs of Greece --
The Middle Ages --
The rebirth of science --
The period of consolidation --
Period of scientific subdivision.
Series Title: Milwaukee Academy of Medicine Collection.
Responsibility: by Charles Singer and E. Ashworth Underwood.

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"Since the first publication of this book in 1928 Charles Singer made minor alterations in the text during successive reprintings, but, although he considered that a more extensive revision was desirable he was never able to devote the necessary time to this work. Some years ago he asked me to undertake the preparation of a new edition. He entrusted the writing of the work to me, and I am entirely responsible for the present book. It was gratifying to me that he was able to go through all the proofs of the text before his death, and I profited much from his helpful comments.

"My intention was to preserve the original form of the book as far as possible, and for the period up to about the eighteenth century this has I hope been done. In this period various alterations and additions have been made, including a section on medicine before the Age of the Greeks. After the close of the eighteenth century my aim could no longer be achieved if even scant justice was to be done to the greatly increased output of important scientific researches in various countries during the modern period, and to the historical studies published during the last three decades. That part of the text dealing with the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is therefore entirely rewritten and greatly expanded, and at least the last two-thirds of the present book is completely new.

"The great progress made in medicine and the medical sciences during the earlier part of the twentieth century is treated in some detail because I feel that for the student of medicine and the medical sciences these researches form a bridge between his current studies and advances made in the more distant past. Thirty years ago these researches were discussed in the larger textbooks of medicine and the medical sciences, but in the current textbooks they have had to make room for more recent work. It seems desirable that the student of medicine should appreciate the continuous evolution of the subjects which he is compelled to study.

"In the space of this book it was impracticable to deal with all the many facets of the art and science of medicine. I have on the whole tended to treat the scientific aspects more fully because they are generally more difficult to understand, and because brief discussions of their history are rather unrewarding. In the clinical field a few of the specialities are chosen for discussion while others are completely excluded ..."--Excerpted from Preface, "1961, E.A.U." [E. Ashworth Underwood, author.].

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