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Great Discoveries in Medicine 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0500251800
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“This book is engrossing, informative and leaves you appreciating the era in which we now live . . . .” (Portland Book Review)

“A striking and informative history, this book should be the go-to gift for many medical professionals this holiday season.” (Library Journal)

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About the Author

William Bynum is a historian of science and medicine. He has co-written and co-edited several books with Helen Bynum including ​Great Discoveries in Medicine and ​Dictionary of Medical Biography. ​​

Helen Bynum is a historian of science and medicine. She is co-editor with William Bynum of ​Great Discoveries in Medicine and ​the award-winning Dictionary of Medical Biography. ​
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Product Details

  • Series: Great Discoveries
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (October 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500251800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500251805
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By SInohey TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 10, 2012
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Concise, well laid out chapters that are nicely illustrated and highly informative. Full of details yet not mired in minutiae. An informative and fun read for the layman as well as the medical professional. The authors' vast knowledge of the subject is reflected in the clarity of the writing and the simplicity of the presentation. The quality of the book, its illustrations, paper and binding is very good and make it attractive enough to have a place on an elegant coffee table or a scholar's library and well worth the price. It is even better with the Amazon substantial discount.
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This is a concise, yet a comprehensive review of the history of great discoveries in medicine. From the cell to the most complicated tools of the trade. It starts with ancient medicine in Egypt, china, India and the Islamic medicine.
It has useful anecdotes regarding the origins of medical words such as "hormones". Most of the developments have landmark values, like the discovery of insulin, germs, vitamins, vaccines. It touches on major drugs such as beta blockers, digitalis, opiates, quinine. Many chapters are dedicated to surgical procedures such as cataract, open-heart surgery, and neurosurgery.
It has an excellent chapter on hormones and endocrinology. Most of the medical devices are covered such as stethoscope, thermometers, sphygmomanometer, endoscope, among others.
It is a good resource for lay persons and professionals alike.
I am reading it to use it during my encounters with my patients who appreciate anecdotes and brief historical comments on their conditions or just for the sake of humor.
By understanding the historical background and context, one can understand medicine much better.
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Great presentation, especially the images.
Enjoyable reading.
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