- ISBN 9780500251805
- 26.00 x 20.00 cm
- 382 Illustrations, 342 in colour
- First published 2011
‘A wonderful addition to any armchair medical historian’s coffee table’ – New Scientist
‘That rarest of things – a reference book which is both a pleasure and an enlightenment to read’ – The Lancet
‘Both marvellously illuminating and beautifully illuminated … a perfect marriage of simple, clear text and spellbinding pictures … breathtaking … these wise words and stunning pictures offer a humbling story and a visual feast’ – Casebook
This is the best guide ever published to medicine’s achievements and its prospects for the 21st century – an unrivalled account of the evolution of medical knowledge and practice from ancient Egypt to the latest technologies
The science and art of healing is now more necessary than ever, as our bodies face new challenges from globalization, environmental change and increased longevity. From letting blood to keyhole surgery, from the theory of humours to the genetic revolution, from the stethoscope to the MRI scanner, this inspiring compendium explains medicine’s turning points and conceptual changes in a refreshingly accessible way and answers some key questions:
• How has the plague influenced the course of human history?
• What effect did the pill have on the lives of women, and on society as a whole?
• How are diseased hearts and worn-out hips replaced?
• What should complementary medicine’s role be?
• How did an audacious self-experiment lead to a cure for stomach ulcers?
The book is magnificently illustrated throughout with a unique array of pictures, from Islamic manuscripts and Renaissance anatomical drawings to the very latest computer-generated images of viruses and photographs.
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William Bynum is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and professor emeritus of the history of medicine at University College London. He is the author of Science and the Practice of Medicine in the Nineteenth Century and The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction, and editor of numerous books, including (with Roy Porter) Companion Encyclopedia of the History of Medicine.
Helen Bynum studied human sciences and the history of medicine at University College London and the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, before lecturing in medical history at the University of Liverpool. She is the author (as Helen Power) of Tropical Medicine in the 20th Century, and co-editor of the Biographies of Disease series.