THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF MEDICINE by Calder Ritchie
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THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF MEDICINE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Into its aboriginal roots in primitive magic, in spells and incantations delves this superbly illustrated handsome documentary exposition of man's quest for health. The author, a United Nations specialist on health and nutrition, retraces the path of progress in its devious course around the world, noting the contributions of various cultures, Asian, Moslem, and European as well as those of individuals, William Harvey, Wilhelm Roentgen, Florence Nightingale, the Curies, Joseph Lister and others who have broken the spell of the devils of disease. The blind alleys which scientists and shamans probed are here too -- the theories of voodoo, of the four humours and of the Royal Touch -- many of them graphically depicted with a treasury of historic prints, engravings and sculptures. There are original illustrations too, with rich lustrous colors throughout the book; An outstanding caducean omnibus.

Pub Date: March 20th, 1958
Publisher: Garden City