By Lois N. Magner
A non-technical, jargon-free presentation of the heritage of medication from palaeopathology to contemporary theories and practices of recent medication. It provides a wide-ranging evaluation of Western medication and an advent to the wealthy and sundry clinical traditions of the close to and much East.;This textual content stresses the key topics within the background of medication - putting the fashionable adventure in the framework of historic matters - and it offers scientific historical past as a massive a part of highbrow and social heritage, delivering scholars with an exam of the sphere that encourages them to query sleek clinical assumptions. components which are much less commonplace to scholars are highlighted, and case histories signify broader matters and developments.
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But even here there are difficulties in comparing practices carried out under greatly differing circumstances, by different kinds of practitioners, with different goals and objectives. One surprising aspect of so-called primitive surgery is the fact that operations for purely medical reasons may be rare or nonexistent in a particular tribe, although the practitioner may wield the knife with great skill and enthusiasm for ceremonial, decorative, or judicial purposes. Ritual scarification may signify caste, adulthood, or the medicine marks thought to provide immunization against disease, poisons, snakebites, and other dangers.
I am particularly indebted to the staff of the Department of History for their patience, help, and support. Without the cooperation and assistance of the staff of the Inter-Library Loan Division of the HSSE Library, it would have been impossible to complete this project. I would also like to acknowledge the History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, for providing the illustrations used in this book and the World Health Organization for the photograph of the last case of smallpox in the Indian subcontinent.
LOIS N. MAGNER DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY PURDUE UNIVERSITY Suggested Readings In order to keep the size of this book within reasonable limits, only brief lists of suggested readings have been attached to each chapter. The emphasis has been on recent books which should be readily available and can be used to obtain information about previous books, articles, and primary sources. Readers should also be aware of the following selected sources. Association of American Medical Colleges (1984). : Association of American Medical Colleges.
A History of Medicine by Lois N. Magner