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Doctor Franklin's Medicine

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ISBN-10: 081223913X

ISBN-13: 9780812239133

Edition: 2006

Authors: Stanley Finger

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Benjamin Franklin founded the first hospital and medical school in the American colonies. He studied the efficacy of smallpox inoculation and investigated the causes of the common cold. His inventions--including bifocal lenses and a "long arm" that extended the user's reach--made life easier for the aged and afflicted. In Doctor Franklin's Medicine, Stanley Finger uncovers the instrumental role that this scientist, inventor, publisher, and statesman played in the development of the healing arts--enhancing preventive and bedside medicine, hospital care, and even personal hygiene in ways that changed the face of medical care in both America and Europe. As Finger shows, Franklin approached…    
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Book details

List price: $69.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 2/8/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 6.10" wide x 9.25" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

Introduction: Benjamin Franklin's Enlightened Medicine
The Colonist and Medicine
Poor Richard's Medicine
In Praise of Exercise
The Smallpox Wars
The Citizen and the Hospital
Electricity and the Palsies
Electricity, Mental Disorders, and a Modest Proposal
Medicine in Great Britain
Friends and Medical Connections
Scotland and the First American Medical School
Colds, the Weather, and the Invisible World
Fresh Air and Good Health
The Perils of Lead
Le Docteur in France
French Medicine and Health Imperatives
The Folly of Mesmerism
From Music Therapy to the Music of Madness
Old Age, Illnesses, and the Doctor's Death
Bifocals and the Aging Inventor
Skin and "Scurf"
The Gout as Your Friend?
A Debilitating Stone
The Limits of Medicine
Epilogue: Franklin's Medical Legacy