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THE STORY OF MEDICINE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A fairly standard treatment of what is by now a somewhat standard subject, this synthesizes the history of medicine and reduces it to some 250 pages, records it in terms of its greats and great discoveries. From the prehistoric peoples, their witch doctors and the Demonio theory of pain, to the Egyptians-Hebrews- Greeks and Romans- and their beliefs, cures and sanitary measures; Hippocrates, the father of medicine who based his knowledge on careful observation, the surgery of Celsus, the investigation of Galen. Through the dark ages to the Renaissance which also opened up new insights in this field; Cepernious, Vesalius, Pare; William Harvey in the 17th century; Jenner in the 18th; and the 19th century which brought anaesthesia, Pasteur's germ theory, and Lister's antisepsis in surgery; and finally the 20th century with its new specialties, new drugs, public health... A competent, concise treatment which offers little more.

Pub Date: April 26th, 1949
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin