New PDF release: A History of Medicine

By Lois N. Magner

ISBN-10: 0585157553

ISBN-13: 9780585157559

ISBN-10: 0824786734

ISBN-13: 9780824786731

A non-technical, jargon-free presentation of the background of drugs from palaeopathology to fresh theories and practices of recent drugs. It provides a wide-ranging review of Western medication and an advent to the wealthy and sundry clinical traditions of the close to and much East.;This textual content stresses the most important topics within the background of medication - putting the trendy adventure in the framework of historic concerns - and it provides clinical heritage as an immense a part of highbrow and social heritage, providing scholars with an exam of the sector that encourages them to query smooth scientific assumptions. parts which are much less prevalent to scholars are highlighted, and case histories characterize broader concerns and developments.

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For their suggestions concerning particular parts of the manuscript, I would like to thank John Contreni, Leonard Gordon, and Karen Reeds. For their suggestions and criticism of previous drafts of this work, I would like to thank the anonymous readers. Of course, all remaining errors of omission and commission remain my own. I am particularly indebted to the staff of the Department of History for their patience, help, and support. Without the cooperation and assistance of the staff of the Inter-Library Loan Division of the HSSE Library, it would have been impossible to complete this project.

Outsiders may see the healing ritual in terms of magical and practical elements, but for healer and patient there is no separation between the magical and empirical aspects of therapy. In a society without writing or precise means of measuring drug concentrations and time, strict attention to ritual may provide a means of standardizing treatment, as well as a reassuring atmosphere. The shaman cannot isolate and secularize pharmacologically active drugs, because of the holistic nature of the healing ritual, but the problem of evaluating a remedy or procedure is more difficult than generally assumed.

Paper) 1. Medicine -- History. I. Title. [DNLM: 1. History of Medicine. 9--dc20 DNLM/DLC for Library of Congress92-4425 CIP This book is printed on acid-free paper. Copyright © 1992 by MARCEL DEKKER, INC. All Rights Reserved Neither this book nor any part may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, microfilming, and recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. MARCEL DEKKER, INC 270 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10016 Current printing (last digit): 10 9 8 7 6 PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Page iii To Ki-Han and Oliver Page v Foreword Lois Magner's A History of Medicine is a welcome addition to the literature of medical history.

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