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Greatest Benefit to Mankind : A Medical History of Humanity

Greatest Benefit to Mankind : A Medical History of Humanity - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0393319804

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ISBN13: 978-0393319804
ISBN10: 0393319806
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Published: 1997
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Greatest Benefit to Mankind : A Medical History of Humanity - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0393319804

Roy Porter

ISBN13: 978-0393319804
ISBN10: 0393319806
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.

Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

Throughout history medicine has advanced ever faster, and with it a capacity not just to overcome sickness, but to transform the nature of life itself. From the diseases of the hunter-gatherers to today's threat of AIDS and ebola, from the clearly defined conviction of the Hippocratic oath to the muddy ethical dilemmas of modern-day medicine, this book affords us an opportunity as never before to assess the culture and science of medicine and its costs and benefits to mankind.

Porter explores medicine's evolution against the backdrop of the wider religious, scientific, philosophical, and political beliefs of the culture in which it develops, and shows how our need to understand where diseases come from and what we can do to control them has-perhaps above all else-inspired developments in medicine through the ages. Along the way the book offers up a treasure trove of historical surprises, such as an ancient Egyptian treatment for incipient baldness, a mysterious epidemic that devastated Athens and brought an end to its domination, and the role of the lemon in defeating Napoleon. This book promises to be the standard single-volume work on its subject for years to come.

Author Bio

Porter, Roy : Wellcome Institute, London

Roy Porter is professor of the social history of medicine at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Science in London. He is the editor of the Norton History of Science series and, most recently, the author of the best-selling London: A Social History, among many other books.

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