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Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine

ISBN-10: 0521002524
ISBN-13: 9780521002523
Edition: 2001
Authors: Roy Porter
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Book details

List price: $45.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/30/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.036
Language: English

Against the backdrop of an unprecedented concern for health today, The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine not only surveys the rise of medicine in the West from earliest times to the present day, but also glimpses into the future. It is written by a team of experts co-ordinated by one of the most distinguished and prolific writers and researchers into the history of medicine, Professor Roy Porter. Both authoritative and accessible, The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine is the only serious choice for a reader wanting a lively and informative single-volume introduction to medical history.

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.

Introduction
The history of disease
The rise of medicine
What is disease?
Primary care
Medical science
Hospitals and surgery
Drug treatment and the rise in pharmacology
Mental illness
Medicine, society, and the state
Looking to the future
Reference guide
Chronology
Major human diseases
Notes
Further reading
Index of medical personalities
General index
Picture acknowledgements

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