By J.C. McKeown
There are few disciplines as interesting and forward-looking as drugs. regrettably, even though, many sleek practitioners have overpassed the origins in their self-discipline. A cupboard of historical scientific Curiosities aspires to medication this lapse by way of taking readers again to the early days of Western medication in old Greece and Rome. Quoting the particular phrases of old authors, usually from texts that have by no means prior to been translated into English, J. C. McKeown bargains a desirable glimpse on the origins of surgical procedure, gynecology, pediatrics, pharmacology, nutrition and nutrients, and lots of different fields of drugs.
This booklet positive factors 1000's of passages from Greek and Roman authors, with light information from McKeown, giving a vividly direct photograph of the traditional clinical global, an international during which, for instance, a medical professional needed to be strong-minded sufficient to disregard the screams of his sufferer, illnesses have been assumed to be despatched by means of the gods, medication and magic have been usually indistinguishable, and no skills have been required prior to environment oneself up as a physician. nonetheless, McKeown unearths that a few historical scientific attitudes have been additionally strangely just like our personal. past the perform of medication, McKeown highlights historical perspectives on regular subject matters, resembling clinical ethics and the position of the health professional in society. a desirable exploration of the weird - and occasionally gruesome - clinical ideals of the previous, A cupboard of historical clinical Curiosities will pride someone with an curiosity within the historical past of medication or the traditional world.
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A cabinet of ancient medical curiosities: strange tales and surprising facts from the healing arts of Greece and Rome by J.C. McKeown