A Brief History of Medicine From Hippocrates' Four Humours to Crick and Watson's Double Helix Book ð 280 pages

Kindle A Brief History of Medicine From Hippocrates' Four Humours to Crick and Watson's Double Helix

A Brief History of Medicine From Hippocrates' Four Humours to Crick and Watson's Double Helix Book ð 280 pages Ø The foundations for the scientific study of the body and modern Western medicine as we know it started with William Harvey's discovery of the circulatory sysThe foundations for the scientific study of the body and modern Western medicine as we know it started with William Harvey's discovery of the circulatory system in the early 17th century But its roots stretch back as far as ancient Greece when medicine first departed from the divine and the mystical and moved toward observation and logic I This book is similar to Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything except it's well written not condescending or snarky and instead of dealing with the broader history of scientific discovery it focuses only on the history of medicine Overall it is an interesting well researched book that could be a bit livelier but accomplishes what it sets out to do

Kindle Û A Brief History of Medicine From Hippocrates' Four Humours to Crick and Watson's Double Helix â Paul Strathern

Medicine what it is today super efficient high tech and increasingly costly A Brief History of Medicine offers an accessible history of the arguments missteps and dumb luck that led to the world's most important medical breakthroughs from anatomy grave robbing the plague and germ theory to vaccination uackery microorganisms and penicillin The author's never afraid to let nuance get in the way of a good narrative A good example of the bad old history of science in which everything falls into a neat and to be fair well written narrative tracing its way from the ancient Greeks through to the present day No stops along the way and certainly no significant tangents Just a series of discoveries made by individual cleverclogs leading to of the same Published in 2005 I'd have thought we'd be past this by now

Paul Strathern â A Brief History of Medicine From Hippocrates' Four Humours to Crick and Watson's Double Helix Mobi

A Brief History of Medicine From Hippocrates' Four Humours to Crick and Watson's Double HelixTs early development was slow constrained by the taboo around dissection only external symptoms could be used for diagnosis as well as superstition and mysticism illness was the work of demons and pixies and curable only by penitence Paul Strathern steers us skillfully through the maze of discoveries diseases and wrong turns that have made Very interesting and readable but a little spoilt by some obvious mistakes and the author's personal remarks on various people