The Cambridge History of Medicine
Roy Porter, Former Professor of the Social History of Medicine Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine Roy Porter
Cambridge University Press, 2006 M06 5 - 408 pages
The Cambridge History of Medicine, first published in 2006, surveys the rise of medicine in the West from classical times to the present. Covering both the social and scientific history of medicine, this volume traces the chronology of key developments and events, while at the same time engaging with the issues, discoveries, and controversies that have beset and characterized medical progress. The authors weave a narrative that connects disease, doctors, primary care, surgery, the rise of hospitals, drug treatment and pharmacology, mental illness and psychiatry. This volume emphasizes the crucial developments of the past 150 years, but also examines classical, medieval, and Islamic and East Asian medicine. Authoritative and accessible, The Cambridge History of Medicine is for readers wanting a lively and informative introduction to medical history.
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Comprehensive yet succint, The Cambridge History of Medicine places emphasis on the critical steeps and turns throughout the history of this science to lead the reader to the status of medicine today. A great way to reflect on the 'Why' and 'How' when one looks at the state of medicine today. Porter and his colleagues answer that question taking back modern day issues to antiquity, providing examples of Ancient Greece and Rome and their progression as they overcame numerous medical obstacles. In all, a must read for anyone wanting to take a peek and have a basic understanding of the reasons behind the shape of medicine today.