MEDICINE: An International History by Paul Hastings

MEDICINE: An International History

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Hastings' compressed survey, from prehistoric trephining to the coming population catastrophe, touches briefly on ancient Chinese, Egyptian and Greek practice, Roman public health measures and ""medieval darkness,"" but he seems only to warm to his subject when he comes to ""The Poore's Plague"" of 1665. After that the usual advances in immunology, anesthesia and asepsis are surveyed but the disproportionate coverage of 19th century public health progress and the development of the nursing profession (here Florence Nightingale is awarded more than twice as much space as any other individual in the book), along with the dry tone throughout, suggests that this might have been originally intended as a nursing school textbook. Other young people will find Singer's popular adult Short History of Medicine (1962) more readable and certainly more browsable in terms of format and illustration; however this is an adequate factual digest which never departs from conventional interpretations.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1974
Page count: 145pp
Publisher: Praeger