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A Short History of Medicine

By Erwin H. Ackerknecht,Lisa Haushofer.
  • ISBN Code: : 1421419548
  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Pages : 272
  • Category : Medical
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Erwin H. Ackerknecht’s A Short History of Medicine is a concise narrative, long appreciated by students in the history of medicine, medical students, historians, and medical professionals as well as all those seeking to understand the history of medicine. Covering the broad sweep of discoveries from parasitic worms to bacilli and x-rays, and highlighting physicians and scientists from Hippocrates and Galen to Pasteur, Koch, and Roentgen, Ackerknecht narrates Western and Eastern civilization’s work at identifying and curing disease. He follows these discoveries from the library to the bedside, hospital, and laboratory, illuminating how basic biological sciences interacted with clinical practice over time. But his story is more than one of laudable scientific and therapeutic achievement. Ackerknecht also points toward the social, ecological, economic, and political conditions that shape the incidence of disease. Improvements in health, Ackerknecht argues, depend on more than laboratory knowledge: they also require that we improve the lives of ordinary men and women by altering social conditions such as poverty and hunger. This revised and expanded edition includes a new foreword and concluding biographical essay by Charles E. Rosenberg, Ackerknecht’s former student and a distinguished historian of medicine. A new bibliographic essay by Lisa Haushofer explores recent scholarship in the history of medicine. -- Charles E. Rosenberg, Harvard University, author of Our Present Complaint: American Medicine, Then and Now

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  • Book Code : 0007385544
  • Total of Pages : 848
  • Category : Medical
  • Members : 334
  • Pdf File: the-greatest-benefit-to-mankind.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This edition does not include illustrations. A definitive study of the history of medicine, from the earliest humans to the present day.

Academic General Practice in the UK Medical Schools, 1948-2000

By John Howie
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  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Book Code : 0748643745
  • Total of Pages : 168
  • Category : Medical
  • Members : 576
  • Pdf File: academic-general-practice-in-the-uk-medical-schools-1948-2000.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The first collective record of the evolution of general medical practice as an academic discipline over half a century. This anthology captures the stories of the early struggles to set up university departments between visionary supporters and traditionalist blockers as well as the steadily increasing successes aided by a dedicated funding system. The accounts are written where possible by the people involved in the early developments of their subject. These tales are of vision, commitment and resilience and are interesting both in their own right and for the more general lessons they tell us about the processes of creating institutional change within a modern democracy.

Veterinary Medicine

By Pamela Hunter
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 135187604X
  • Total of Pages : 611
  • Category : History
  • Members : 250
  • Pdf File: veterinary-medicine.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Veterinary medicine has long been recognized as one of the more neglected areas of medical history. One of the main stumbling blocks to research is the lack of comprehensive information regarding the survival and availability of primary source material. Veterinary Medicine: A Guide to Historical Sources redresses these issues for the first time, offering researchers an unparalleled tool with which to approach the subject. The book opens with a brief history of veterinary medicine and the veterinary profession from the fourteenth to the beginning of the twenty first centuries, identifying the key dates and events that shaped their development. There then follows a chapter on the nature and uses of the records covered by the book, outlining the types of records found, the type of information they contain and their likely uses by different types of researcher. A brief user's guide then explains how to use the book. After these preliminary sections, comes the main body of the book, the lists of records. It is here that the various practices and institutions covered by the book are listed, together with the types of records they hold, the dates they cover and where they are kept. A short biographical history is also included with each entry where appropriate. Taken as a whole this volume will prove to be an invaluable aid for any scholar, researching the history of veterinary medicine in Britain.

A Short History of Scientific Thought

By John Henry
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 023035646X
  • Total of Pages : 328
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 895
  • Pdf File: a-short-history-of-scientific-thought.pdf

Book Short Summary:

An essential introductory textbook that shows students how science came to be such an important aspect of modern culture. Lively and readable, it provides a rich historical survey of the major developments in scientific thought, from the Ancient Greeks to the twentieth century. John Henry also explains how new scientific theories have emerged and analyses their impact on contemporary thinking. This is an ideal core text for modules on the History of Science, Medicine and Technology, or the History and Philosophy of Science - or a supplementary text for broader modules on European History or Intellectual History - which may be offered at the upper levels of an undergraduate History, Philosophy or Science degree. In addition it is a crucial resource for students who may be studying the history of science for the first time as part of a taught postgraduate degree in European History, Intellectual History, Science or Philosophy.

A Brief History of Pharmacy

By Bob Zebroski
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1317413334
  • Total of Pages : 250
  • Category : History
  • Members : 590
  • Pdf File: a-brief-history-of-pharmacy.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Pharmacy has become an integral part of our lives. Nearly half of all 300 million Americans take at least one prescription drug daily, accounting for $250 billion per year in sales in the US alone. And this number doesn't even include the over-the-counter medications or health aids that are taken. How did this practice become such an essential part of our lives and our health? A Brief History of Pharmacy: Humanity's Search for Wellness aims to answer that question. As this short overview of the practice shows, the search for well-being through the ingestion or application of natural products and artificially derived compounds is as old as humanity itself. From the Mesopotamians to the corner drug store, Bob Zebroski describes how treatments were sought, highlights some of the main victories of each time period, and shows how we came to be people who rely on drugs to feel better, to live longer, and look younger. This accessible survey of pharmaceutical history is essential reading for all students of pharmacy.

Postgraduate Medical Studies in Kuwait

By Edward Ruzyllo
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 3662251671
  • Total of Pages : 448
  • Category : Education
  • Members : 980
  • Pdf File: postgraduate-medical-studies-in-kuwait.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Read and download full book Postgraduate Medical Studies in Kuwait

The Birth of Bioethics

By Albert R. Jonsen
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0199759820
  • Total of Pages : 448
  • Category : Medical
  • Members : 350
  • Pdf File: the-birth-of-bioethics.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book is the first broad history of the growing field of bioethics. Covering the period 1947-1987, it examines the origin and evolution of the debates over human experimentation, genetic engineering, organ transplantation, termination of life-sustaining treatment, and new reproductive technologies. It assesses the contributions of philosophy, theology, law and the social sciences to the expanding discourse of bioethics. Written by one of the field's founders, it is based on extensive archival research into resources that are difficult to obtain and on interviews with many leading figures. A very readable account of the development of bioethics, the book stresses the history of ideas but does not neglect the social and cultural context and the people involved.

Death in a Small Package

By Susan D. Jones
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  • Publisher : Johns Hopkins University Press+ORM
  • Book Code : 1421402521
  • Total of Pages : 350
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 891
  • Pdf File: death-in-a-small-package.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Jones compellingly narrates the biography of this frightfully hardy disease from the ancient world through the present day.

The PKU Paradox

By Diane B. Paul,Jeffrey P. Brosco
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  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Book Code : 1421411326
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Medical
  • Members : 998
  • Pdf File: the-pku-paradox.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The questions it raises touch on ongoing controversies about newborn screening and what happens to blood samples collected at birth.