From prehistoric times to the Middle Ages, Western medicine was linked with magic and superstition. In the seventeenth century the development of scientific methods began to dispel many of the myths that existed around medicine. This book traces the history of medical discovery from trepanning (the ancient practice of drilling holes in the skull to release evil spirits) to today's remarkable advances in transplants and vaccines.
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A Scientific Approach
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