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Doctors: The Illustrated History of Medical Pioneers Hardcover – October 8, 2008
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The men and women who shaped the world of medicine are not, as often thought, a few heroic individuals, possessing superhuman talents. In this brilliant collection of linked biographies, renowned Yale surgeon and medical historian Sherwin B. Nuland reveals that these medical pioneers are sometimes flawed, often brilliant, but always very human.
Through these biographical accounts, Nuland also explores groundbreaking events in medicine, from the origins of the Hippocratic oath to the discovery of germs to the first attempts at organ transplantation. Accompanying Nulands fascinating narrative are beautiful woodcuts, photographs, and paintings of significant medical events and individuals by artists such as Rembrandt, Michelangelo and John Singer Sargent.
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It is easy to find books which will give in a general way an overview of persons throughout millenia who have served to advance medical theory and praxis. It is rare to find a book that will leave a cornerstone in history, bringing together events, stories, people, places, and phenomena creating a beautiful coalescence of medical art and science.
The images within the pages are very colorful making this, too, a nice company piece to share and displayed in home or office.
I really wanted to write more here but I think I've hit my main points. The only downside I could see was that within the specialty of pediatrics. Possibly more could have been included but I also think the overall direction Nuland takes is one of curriculum expertise from his life experiences as a professor and since everything else blends so well this side note is easy to overlook.
I'm rating it a 5 star and I don't do that very often. It is a must for anyone who wishes to have a historiography of human beings and medicine; illustrating through time a blueprint of not only medical advances and the people, places, and events but also underneath the content is knowledge within the discipline of philosophy of medicine...
- V Ashley Weech
The book chronologically presents the great personalities, geniuses, egos, and spectacularly disfunctional people who have brought us Western medicine. Dr. Nuland is definitely a champion of viewing medical history as a history of progressing from ignorance to enlightenment but he is very cognizant to put each medical discovery in the context of its time and not to judge by modern standards of scientific accuracy. Rather, he traces how the use of experiment and observation have been key to the development of effective healing throughout the ages. When discussing Galen and Vesalius it is difficult for the reader not to echo his irritation as he describes the fourteen centuries of blind obedience to authority before Vesalius wrote the "Fabrica".
While this topic may sound very dry and academic, I find his writing to be easily-paced and readable. This book could be viewed as a companion piece to "Doctors" but it stands well on its own primarily due to the illustrations, which are missing entirely from "Doctors."
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First rate Book written by a First rate Medical Professor!