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Great discoveries in medicine / edited by William & Helen Bynum.

Bynum, W. F. 1943- (Added Author). Bynum, Helen. (Added Author).
  • ISBN: 9780500251805 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0500251800 (hardcover)
  • Description: 304 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps (some col.), ports. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
  • Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Thames & Hudson,

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Content descriptions

General Note: "With 382 illustrations, 342 in colour."
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 295-300) and index.
Contents Note: The Art & Science of Medicine -- Discovering The Body. Egyptian medicine: art, archaeology, papyri & human remains -- Chinese medicine: understanding the whole -- Medicine in India: Ayurveda in context -- Humours & pneumas: the Hippocratic tradition -- Islamic medicine: transmission & innovation -- Dissecting the body: laying bare the flesh -- Pathological anatomy: cutting the corpse -- Cell theory: units of life -- Neuron theory: the last cellular frontier -- Molecules: the chemistry of life -- Understanding Health & Disease. Circulation: what goes round comes round -- Bedlam & beyond: confining the mad -- The milieu interieur: the importance of equilibrium -- Germs: the greatest medical discovery? -- Parasites & vectors: insects & disease -- Psychoanalysis & psychotherapy: the talking cures -- Hormones: chemical messengers -- Immunology: the body's defences -- The genetic revolution: from genes to genome -- The evolution of cancer: hijacking the body -- Complementary medicine: curing through nature --
Tools Of The Trade. The stethoscope: listening in -- The microscope: discovering new worlds -- The hypodermic syringe: getting under the skin -- The thermometer: 'measure is medicine' -- X-rays & radiotherapy: invisible light illuminates the body -- The sphygmomanometer: feeling the pressure -- Defibrillators: rescuing the dying -- Lasers: light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation -- The endoscope: seeing round corners -- Imaging the Body: beyond the X-ray -- The incubator: re-inventing the womb -- Medical robots: a helping hand -- Battling the Scourges. Plague: death on the grand scale -- Typhus: preying on the weak -- Cholera: the deadliest diarrhoea -- Puerperal fever: killer of mothers -- Tuberculosis: spitting blood -- Influenza A: a mutating virus -- Smallpox: eradicating a disease -- Polio: the summer plague -- HIV (human immunodeficiency virus): a stark reminder --
'A Pill For Every Ill'. Opium: pleasure & pain -- Quinine: the bark against the bite -- Digitalis: tonic for the heart -- Penicillin: the healing mould -- The (birth control) Pill: a woman's choice -- Drugs for the mind: treating mental suffering -- Ventolin: breathing easier -- Beta-blockers: designer drugs -- Statins: lowering cholesterol -- Surgical Breakthroughs. Pare & wounds: innovation on the battlefield -- Anaesthesia: revolutionizing surgery -- Antisepsis & asepsis: clean surgery -- Blood transfusion: the gift relationship -- Neurosurgery: the approach to the brain -- Cataract surgery: restoring lost sight -- Caesarean section: 'from his mother's womb/untimely ripped' -- Cardiac surgery: pushing the limits -- Transplant surgery: diseases & organs, self & non-self -- Hip replacement: new for old -- Keyhole surgery: through the looking glass --
Medical Triumphs. Vaccines: preventing disease -- Vitamins: accessory food factors -- Insulin: 'a force of magical activity' -- Dialysis: the artificial kidney -- Smoking & health: lifestyle & medicine -- Assisted reproduction: IVF & embryo transfer -- The Pap smear & (HPV) human papilloma virus: a preventable cancer -- Helicobacter pylori & peptic ulcer: bacteria in an unexpected place.
Summary: This volume contains an account of turning points and breakthroughs in medical knowledge and practice from ancient Egypt, India and China to the latest technology.
Subject: Medicine > History.
Medical sciences > History.