HISTORY OF MEDICINE: A Beginner's GuideMARK JACKSON Book Number: 86901 Product format: Paperback
As scientists confidently look towards the average life expectancies hitting 100+ years in some Western societies, it's easy to forget how precarious our grasp on good health has been. It is a struggle no better demonstrated than by extraordinary measures that humans have gone to, as diverse as animal sacrifice and stem cell transplants in their quest to stave off death and disease. Jackson takes a fresh, global view exploring both Western and Eastern traditions from ancient systems of belief, to modern scientific approaches, the orthodox and alternative practices and key turning points, for good and sometimes not, that determined how different cultures tackled disease. We look at medieval medicine, regimen and religion, the medical renaissance, the Enlightenment, hospitals and hope, science and surgery and war and welfare. With 19 pictures, 238pp in paperback.
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