Medicine From Hippocrates to Gene Therapy

ISBN-10: 0786715251
ISBN-13: 9780786715251
Edition: N/A
Authors: Paul Strathern
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Description: The foundations for the scientific study of the body and modern Western medicine as we know it started with William Harvey's discovery of the circulatory system in the early 17th century. But its roots stretch back as far as ancient Greece, when  More...

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Book details

List price: $13.95
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 7/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

The foundations for the scientific study of the body and modern Western medicine as we know it started with William Harvey's discovery of the circulatory system in the early 17th century. But its roots stretch back as far as ancient Greece, when medicine first departed from the divine and the mystical and moved toward observation and logic. Its early development was slow, constrained by the taboo around dissection (only external symptoms could be used for diagnosis), as well as superstition and mysticism (illness was the work of demons and pixies and curable only by penitence). Paul Strathern steers us skillfully through the maze of discoveries, diseases, and wrong turns that have made medicine what it is today-super efficient, high tech, and increasingly costly. A Brief History of Medicine offers an accessible history of the arguments, missteps, and dumb luck that led to the world's most important medical breakthroughs-from anatomy, grave robbing, the plague, and germ theory to vaccination, quackery, microorganisms, and penicillin.

Paul Strathern has a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Philosophy and lectures at Kingston University. Strathern is the author of several novels, including A Season in Abyssinia, which won a Somerset Maugham prize, and Mendeleyev's Dream: The Quest for the Elements. He has also published two series of books, one on philosophy: Philosophers in 90 Minutes, and another on science, but is best known for his 39 short biographies of philosophers and scientists

Prologue : reading amid the battle
Out of the darkness : first light
A tradition is born
Figures in a dark landscape
A fresh start
Blueprint for a science
Harvey the circulator
Explorer of an invisible world
An era of medical enlightenment
A new cure for an old scourge
Giants of physiology
Eliminating the surgeon's enemy
The pioneer women
Pride and prejudice
Medicine for the world
The start of the modern era
A new form of surgery
Cures for the incurable?
The secret of life?

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