Greatest Benefit to Mankind A Medical History of Humanity from Antiquity to the Present

ISBN-10: 0393319806
ISBN-13: 9780393319804
Edition: 1997
Authors: Roy Porter
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/17/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 872
Size: 6.25" wide x 12.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.332
Language: English

Roy Sydney Porter was born December 31, 1946. He grew up in a south London working class home. He attended Wilson's Grammar School, Camberwell, and won an unheard of scholarship to Cambridge. His starred double first in history at Cambridge University (1968) led to a junior research fellowship at his college, Christ's, followed by a teaching post at Churchill College, Cambridge. His Ph.D. thesis, published as The Making Of Geology (1977), became the first of more than 100 books that he wrote or edited. Porter was a Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Churchill College, Cambridge from 1972 to 1979; Dean from 1977 to 1979; Assistant Lecturer in European History at Cambridge University from 1974 to 1977, Lecturer from 1977 to 1979. He joined the Wellcome Institute fot the History of Medicine in 1979 where he was a Senior Lecturer from 1979 to 1991, a Reader from 1991 to 1993, and finally a Professor in the Social History of Medicine from 1993 to 2001. Porter was Elected a fellow of the British Academy in 1994, and he was also made an honorary fellow by both the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Roy Porter died March 4, 2002, at the age of 55.

List of Figures
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
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
Further Reading
Index

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