Western Medicine: An Illustrated History

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Irvine Loudon
Oxford University Press, 2001 - Medical - 347 pages
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From ancient religious rituals and magical incantations, to Renaissance practices such as purging, bleeding, and trepanning, to modern day miracles such as antibiotics, CAT scans, and organ transplants, the advance of Western medicine has been nothing short of astonishing. This richly illustrated volume provides a wide-ranging history of Western medicine, charting the great milestones of medical progress--from the birth of rational medicine in the classical world right up to the present day.

The history begins in ancient Greece, where medical practice, under the auspices of Hippocrates and others, first looked past supernatural explanations and began to understand disease as a product of natural causes. It chronicles the slow growth of medical knowledge through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, illuminating the work of figures such as Paracelsus, Vesalius, and William Harvey (who explained how blood circulates through the body). And it provides portraits of more modern figures like Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch (the fathers of bacteriology), Wilhelm Roentgen (the discoverer of x-rays), and Paul Ehrlich (who pioneered the use of chemicals to destroy disease-causing organisms).

Authoritative, informative, and beautifully designed, this volume offers a truly fascinating introduction to medicine in the West.
 

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Contents

Medicine in View Art and Visual Representation
1
Medicine in the Classical World
25
Europe and Islam
40
Medicine in the Latin Middle Ages
54
Medicine and the Renaissance
66
From the Scientific Revolution to the Germ Theory
80
From the Germ Theory to 1945
102
Medicine in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century
123
Children in Hospital
221
Medicine and the Mind
232
The Spread of Western Medicine
249
Unofficial and Unorthodox Medicine
264
Medicine Politics and the State
277
The Patients View
291
Further Reading
307
Chronology
316

The Growth of Medical Education and the Medical Profession
147
The Rise of the Modern Hospital
160
Epidemics and the Geography of Disease
176
Nurses and Ancillaries in the Christian Era
192
Childbirth
206

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Irving Loudon was formerly a General Practitioner and a Research Fellow of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford.

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