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Published: 31 July 2008

192 Pages | 28 halftones


ISBN: 9780199215430

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The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction

William Bynum

Very Short Introductions

  • Assesses the origins and development of medicine in ancient times, through the scholastic medieval tradition and the Enlightenment, to the present day
  • Takes a thematic approach, as each chapter introduces a new turning point in medical history, be it the advent of hospitals or the rise of experimental medicine
  • Sheds a historical light on contemporary medical concerns and controversies
  • Focuses on Western medicine, but also explores its encounters with alternative traditions such as Chinese and Indian medicine, and modern complementary medicine