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Roy Porter, a social historian of medicine the London's Wellcome Institute, has written an dauntingly thick history of how medical thinking and practice has risen to the challenges of disease through the centuries. But delve into its pages, and you'll find one marvelous bit of history after another. The obvious highlights are touched upon--Hippocrates introduces his oath, Pasteur homogenizes, Jonas Salk produces the polio vaccine, and so on--but there's also Dr. Francis Willis's curing of The Madness of King George, W. T. G. Morton's hucksterish use of ether in surgery, and research on digestion conducted using a man with a stomach fistula (if you don't know what that means, you may not want to know). Porter is straightforward about his deliberate focus on Western medical traditions, citing their predominant influence on global medicine, and with The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, he has produced a volume worthy of that tradition's legacy.
I purchased the Kindle version. However, after reading just 12% of the digitalized book I gave up and threw in the towel. Read morePublished 28 days ago by john p sweeney
I tried so hard to enjoy this book but it's so tediously dense. After reading the first 25 pages, I found myself skimming through the paragraphs, then the pages, then the chapters... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Arash Taleghani
This book was in good shape, besides the fact that there were 2 chapters missing. I was not satisfied with the fact that this was not disclosed.Published 6 months ago by Melissa
This book is an encyclopedic, thorough excursion into the history of medicine. It deftly describes how western medicine evolved from primitive heroic techniques, guides us through... Read morePublished 14 months ago by anisotropies
Wouldn't buy as a pleasure read, but has come in handy when I need concise background on a specific disease.Published 19 months ago by Matthew M. Nelson
Let's be honest, most of the people go to become a medical doctor because they want to secure their expensive lively hood.
And it takes many years of grinding at the school. Read more
I bought this book as something to read in the summer preceding my induction into medical school. Had I known better, I probably would have picked up some throwaway spy novel... Read morePublished on August 19, 2011 by hoot504
... will probably be the development of your biceps from holding this ponderous tome in front of your eyes for the several months that it may take you to finish it! Read morePublished on June 7, 2010 by Giordano Bruno