A Short History of Medicine

A Short History of Medicine In this lively learned and wholly engrossing volume F Gonz lez Crussi presents a brief yet authoritative five hundred year history of the science the philosophy and the controversies of modern me

  • Title: A Short History of Medicine
  • Author: F. González-Crussí
  • ISBN: 9780679643432
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this lively, learned, and wholly engrossing volume, F Gonz lez Crussi presents a brief yet authoritative five hundred year history of the science, the philosophy, and the controversies of modern medicine While this illuminating work mainly explores Western medicine over the past five centuries, Gonz lez Crussi also describes how modern medicine s roots extend to bothIn this lively, learned, and wholly engrossing volume, F Gonz lez Crussi presents a brief yet authoritative five hundred year history of the science, the philosophy, and the controversies of modern medicine While this illuminating work mainly explores Western medicine over the past five centuries, Gonz lez Crussi also describes how modern medicine s roots extend to both Greco Roman antiquity and Eastern medical traditions Covered here in engaging detail are the birth of anatomy and the practice of dissections the transformation of surgery from a gruesome art to a sophisticated medical specialty a short history of infectious diseases the evolution of the diagnostic process advances in obstetrics and anesthesia and modern psychiatric therapies and the challenges facing organized medicine today Gonz lez Crussi s approach to these and other topics stems from his professed belief that the history of medicine isn t just a continuum of scientific achievement but is deeply influenced by the personalities of the men and women who made or implemented these breakthroughs And, as we learn, this field s greatest practitioners were, like the rest of us, human beings with flaws, weaknesses, and limitations including some who were scoundrels.Insightful, informed, and at times controversial in its conclusions, A Short History of Medicine offers an exceptional introduction to the major and many minor facets of its subject Written by a renowned author and educator, this book gives us the very essence of humankind s search to mitigate suffering, save lives, and unearth the mysteries of the human animal Praise for F Gonz lez Crussi What Oliver Sacks does for the mind, Gonz lez Crussi does for the eye in this captivating set of philosophical meditations on the relationship between the viewer and the viewed Publishers Weekly, on On Seeing Gonz lez Crussi fuses science, literature, and personal history into highly civilized artifacts The Washington Post, on There Is a World Elsewhere

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    1. Excellent starter book for the ignorant, which is me. A Short History of Medicine lays out the basics of medicine nice and concisely from early history to today. The summary explanations are plain and simple, making it easy for the uninitiated to grasp. Key historical figures are illuminated just enough to show their accomplishments, as well as their failures and infamous dabblings, without ever getting too in-depth and bogging down the narrative flow. It makes for a great leaping off point for [...]


    2. A comprehensive and insightful exposition on the history of humanities second oldest profession. The author chases the zeitgeist of medicine through the passage of time, pausing now and then to shine a torch on philosophy, sociology and mythology and their impact on the medical arts. Without sneering or being dismissive, practices ostensibly barbaric are rendered comprehensible and even sensible to the modern mind. From greco-roman tradition, the darkened alleys of monastaries, the exuberance of [...]


    3. I am very pleased with the fact that this book really tells the history of medicine in a light read. Although there is so much content to cover with just medicine, the book tells the most known and important pieces that we probably have background knowledge of. It expands in detail of certain content from founders of cures to their uses for humans. Because this is a history book, it wouldn't tell you more about the medicine itself. Most likely you'll read about how it's uses went into effect fro [...]


    4. So far, "short" is the key term. It seems to be lightly skipping across the history of medicine's greatest hits. Each chapter is devoted to a different area of medicine (i.e infectious diseases, obstetrics, anatomical knowlege). This is definitely a book based on breadth rather than depth. In addition, it is largely a great man approach to history providing only broadest sense of the socio-cultural context in which various discoveries were made. But, Gonzalez-Crussi does provide enough sense of [...]


    5. If at times it did feel like the forest was lost for the trees, with longer biographies and explanations of individuals, I did appreciate its truly historical understanding, the broad overview it provided (with chapters on anatomy, surgery, procreation, pestilence, diagnostic tools, and therapy, among others) and its critical approach to modern medicine. While clearly acknowledging the unprecedented gains of the 20th century, he spent more time in previous centuries, especially the 16th to the 1 [...]


    6. I can’t imagine a book on this particular subject that I would enjoy more than I did this one. Gonzalez-Crussi is a terrific collector of anecdotes, has a fluent conversational style, and a charming light-philosophical method of plumbing the folly – and progress amidst folly – that is the history of western medicine. There is a brief, fascinating discussion of ancient Greek and Roman medicine, and there are forays into the modern era too, but he spends most of his time (with entertaining a [...]


    7. It was pretty good. Who knew that when nitrous oxide was discovered there were 'laughing gas parties' where people inhaled the stuff just for fun? The chapter on the diagnostic process got a bit tedious. I needed this info because I am writing a book and I was hoping for more on medieval medicine.


    8. Not bad. There were some interesting things in it. Not recommended for people who don't know anything about medicine though, as it uses a lot of technical terms without explaining them (e.g renal, exanguinate)


    9. From this book I learned that we owe everything to the poor sods on who early scientists performed crude and necessary experiments. No doubt we'll have the same sentiments in 200 years.A fascinating read.


    10. The only problem I had with this book is that it was organized by topic rather than strictly chronologically. I suppose that makes sense when dealing with such a vast and complicated topic, but it gave me the impression that I was reading certain things several times.


    11. exactly what it says on the tin. good bedtime reading - nice short chapters. i wish the section on specific diseases were longer but i'm kind of macabre like that.


    12. A WAY TOO SHORT history of medicine. Often great discoverers were mentioned only by name. But I am reminded of how grateful I am to be alive today, instead of any previous time in history



    13. Very informative. I was especially impressed with the information regarding the views of medicine and science from different cultures.


    14. This book was very educational and I found it very relevant, I highly suggest it for anyone thinking about or currently attending medical education.





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