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The Western Medical Tradition: 1800-2000 Paperback – March 20, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0521475655 ISBN-10: 0521475651 Edition: 1st

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"Bynum offers an engaging survey...Lawrence skillfully continues the story...[Hardy and Tansey] include some valuable international comparisons ... I would rate this volume a success."
-The New England Journal of Medicine

Lawrence's excellent discussion of medicine in the Soviet Union should be singled out for special mention in this category. The Western Medical Tradition 1800-2000 is aimed at students of the history of medicine. However, there is much to recommend the volume to those interested in broader historical matters, with useful material on patterns of disease, hospitals, the role of the state, welfare and public health. All the authors make an effort to place medical developments into their wider social and political context, with Stephen Jacyna setting the early nineteenth century most solidly in a background of political upheaval and industrialization. The book provides an excellent overview of medicine within relatively short periods."
-Deborah Brunton, The Open UniversityVictorian Studies

"...the textbook is especially strong on medical education and international organization."
- Eric J. Engstrom, Canadian Journal of History

"Far more than most surveys of medical history, this one contains not only a factual narrative but also select examinations of the intersections between health care and Western societies." --John C. Burnham, Ohio State University

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Written by leading experts in the field, The Western Medical Tradition, 1800-2000 not only describes the most important people, events, and transformations in the past two centuries of Western medicine, but gives explanations for why medicine developed as it did, becoming as important as it has in the modern world. A companion volume to The Western medical Tradition, 800 BC to AD 1800, this volume is an authoritative source of new information as well as a synthesis of the current state of knowledge on this fascinating subject.

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