The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity (The Norton History of Science)

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“To combine enormous knowledge with a delightful style and a highly idiosyncratic point of view is Roy Porter’s special gift, and it makes [this] book . . . alive and fascinating and provocative on every page.”—Oliver Sacks, M.D.

Hailed as “a remarkable achievement” (Boston Sunday Globe) and as “a triumph: simultaneously entertaining and instructive, witty and thought-provoking . . . a splendid and thoroughly engrossing book” (Los Angeles Times), Roy Porter’s charting of the history of medicine affords us an opportunity as never before to assess its culture and science 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, covering ground 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. Offering up a treasure trove of historical surprises along the way, this book “has instantly become the standard single-volume work in its field” (The Lancet). “The author’s perceptiveness is, as usual, scalpel-sharp; his manner genially bedside; his erudition invigorating.” – Simon Schama 24 pages of b/w illustrations

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The Greatest Benefit To Mankind A Medical History Of Humanity The Norton History Of Science


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Author by : Roy Porter
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 1999-10-17
Publisher by : W. W. Norton & Company

Explores the development of medicine against the backdrop of the religious, scientific, philosophical, and pol

The Greatest Benefit To Mankind A Medical History Of Humanity The Norton History Of Science


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Author by : Roy Porter
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 1999-10-17
Publisher by : W. W. Norton & Company

"To combine enormous knowledge with a delightful style and a highly idiosyncratic point of view is Roy Porter'

Blood And Guts A Short History Of Medicine


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Author by : Roy Porter
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2004-06-17
Publisher by : W. W. Norton & Company

"Ideas tumble out of Porter like wonders from some scholarly horn of plenty." —Sherwin B. Nuland, The New Re

Source Book Of Medical History


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Author by : Logan Clendening
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 1960
Publisher by : Courier Corporation

One hundred and twenty-four selections survey the outstanding writings and discoveries in all aspects of medic

Science And The Practice Of Medicine In The Nineteenth Century


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Author by : W. F. Bynum
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 1994-05-27
Publisher by : Cambridge University Press

W. F. Bynum argues that 'modern' medicine is built upon foundations established between 1800 and the beginning

Ways Of Knowing


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Author by : John V. Pickstone
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2001-04-01
Publisher by : University of Chicago Press

In Ways of Knowing, John V. Pickstone provides a new and accessible framework for understanding science, techn

Sources In The History Of Medicine


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Author by : Robin Leslie Anderson
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2007
Publisher by : Prentice Hall

For courses in the history of medicine. This reader gives students in a history of medicine class, or the gene

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