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The greatest benefit to mankind : a medical history of humanity

Author: Roy Porter
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 1999, ©1997.
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Samuel Johnson once called the medical profession "the greatest benefit to mankind." In the 20th century, the quality of that benefit has improved more and more rapidly than at any other comparable time in history. With all the capabilities of modern medicine's practitioners, however, we as a people are as worried about our health as ever. Roy Porter, a social historian of medicine the London's Wellcome Institute,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roy Porter
ISBN: 0393319806 9780393319804 0393046346 9780393046342
OCLC Number: 42880582
Description: xvi, 831 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The roots of medicine --
Antiquity --
Medicine and faith --
The medieval West --
Indian medicine --
Chinese medicine --
Renaissance --
The new science --
Enlightenment --
Scientific medicine in the nineteenth century --
Nineteenth-century medical care --
Public medicine --
From Pasteur to penicillin --
Tropical medicine, world diseases --
Psychiatry --
Medical research --
Clinical science --
Surgery --
Medicine, state and society --
Medicine and the people --
The past, the present and the future.
Responsibility: Roy Porter.

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Samuel Johnson once called the medical profession "the greatest benefit to mankind." In the 20th century, the quality of that benefit has improved more and more rapidly than at any other comparable time in history. With all the capabilities of modern medicine's practitioners, however, we as a people are as worried about our health as ever. Roy Porter, a social historian of medicine the London's Wellcome Institute, has written an dauntingly thick history of how medical thinking and practice has risen to the challenges of disease through the centuries. But delve into its pages, and you'll find one marvelous bit of history after another. The obvious highlights are touched upon--Hippocrates introduces his oath, Pasteur homogenizes, Jonas Salk produces the polio vaccine, and so on--but there's also Dr. Francis Willis's curing of The Madness of King George, W.T.G. Morton's hucksterish use of ether in surgery, and research on digestion conducted using a man with a stomach fistula (if you don't know what that means, you may not want to know). Porter is straightforward about his deliberate focus on Western medical traditions, citing their predominant influence on global medicine, and he has produced a volume worthy of that tradition's legacy.

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