A Short History of Medicine
ISBN: 0812975537
EAN13: 9780812975536
Language: English
Publication Date: Nov 11, 2008
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 0.63" H x 7.95" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Format: Paperback

A Short History of Medicine

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Insightful, informed, and at times controversial in its conclusions, A Short History of Medicine offers an exceptional introduction to the major and many minor facets of its subject.

In this lively, learned, and wholly engrossing volume, F. Gonz lez-Crussi presents a brief yet authoritative five-hundred-year history of the science, the philosophy, and the controversies of modern medicine. While this illuminating work mainly explores Western medicine over the past five centuries, Gonz lez-Crussi also describes how modern medicine's roots extend to both Greco-Roman antiquity and Eastern medical traditions.

Covered here in engaging detail are the birth of anatomy and the practice of dissections; the transformation of surgery from a gruesome art to a sophisticated medical specialty; a short history of infectious diseases; the evolution of the diagnostic process; advances in obstetrics and anesthesia; and modern psychiatric therapies and the challenges facing organized medicine today. Written by a renowned author and educator, this book gives us the very essence of our search to mitigate suffering, save lives, and unlock the mysteries of the human animal.

Gonz lez-Crussi fuses] science, literature, and personal history into highly civilized artifacts.
-The Washington Post, on There Is a World Elsewhere

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