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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1999-10-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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Hailed as "a remarkable achievement" ( Boston Sunday Globe ) and as "a triumph: simultaneously entertaining and instructive, witty and thought-provoking . . . a splendid and thoroughly engrossing book" ( Los Angeles Times ), Roy Porter's charting of the history of medicine affords us an opportunity as never before to assess its culture and science and its costs and benefits to mankind. Porter explores medicine's evolution against the backdrop of the wider religious, scientific, philosophical, and political beliefs of the culture in which it develops, covering ground from the diseases of the hunter-gatherers to today's threat of AIDS and ebola, from the clearly defined conviction of the Hippocratic oath to the muddy ethical dilemmas of modern-day medicine. Offering up a treasure trove of historical surprises along the way, this book "has instantly become the standard single-volume work in its field" ( The Lancet ). "The author's perceptiveness is, as usual, scalpel-sharp; his manner genially bedside; his erudition invigorating." - Simon Schama

Author Biography

Roy Porter is professor of the social history of medicine at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Science.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. xi
List of Illustrationsp. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Introductionp. 3
The Roots of Medicinep. 14
Antiquityp. 44
Medicine and Faithp. 83
The Medieval Westp. 106
Indian Medicinep. 135
Chinese Medicinep. 147
Renaissancep. 163
The New Sciencep. 201
Enlightenmentp. 245
Scientific Medicine in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 304
Nineteenth-Century Medical Carep. 348
Public Medicinep. 397
From Pasteur to Penicillinp. 428
Tropical Medicine, World Diseasesp. 462
Psychiatryp. 493
Medical Researchp. 525
Clinical Sciencep. 561
Surgeryp. 597
Medicine, State and Societyp. 628
Medicine and the Peoplep. 668
The Past, the Present and the Futurep. 710
Further Readingp. 719
Indexp. 765
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