A History of Medicine by Lois N. Magner

By Lois N. Magner

A non-technical, jargon-free presentation of the background of medication from palaeopathology to fresh theories and practices of recent medication. It offers a wide-ranging review of Western medication and an creation to the wealthy and sundry clinical traditions of the close to and much East.;This textual content stresses the foremost subject matters within the heritage of medication - putting the trendy event in the framework of ancient matters - and it provides clinical heritage as an enormous a part of highbrow and social historical past, providing scholars with an exam of the sector that encourages them to question smooth scientific assumptions. components which are much less standard to scholars are highlighted, and case histories characterize broader matters and developments.

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In essence, the history of medicine can be seen as the study of the encounter between patient and practitioner, but this must inevitably be broadened to include all the relationships in society that intersect at the point where the sick person meets the healer. We often assume that interest in the care and cure of the sick are inseparable Page xi components of the historical role of the physician. As Dr. Francis Peabody reminded his colleagues in 1927, The secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient.

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In societies where both magical and scientific beliefs coexist, one cannot predict which will appear stronger or more influential. Indeed, people may vacillate between alternative systems of medicine, depending on particular circumstances, perhaps relying on modern medicine for a broken arm and traditional medicine for arthritis. Magic plays an important role in many cultures, it provides answers to questions that cannot be answered by existing logical or rational knowledge. Magic may be so closely related to religion that the borderline is difficult to define.

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