By J.C. McKeown
There are few disciplines as fascinating and forward-looking as medication. regrettably, notwithstanding, many smooth practitioners have overpassed the origins in their self-discipline. A cupboard of historical scientific Curiosities aspires to therapy this lapse through taking readers again to the early days of Western drugs in historic Greece and Rome. Quoting the particular phrases of old authors, frequently from texts that have by no means ahead of been translated into English, J. C. McKeown deals a desirable glimpse on the origins of surgical procedure, gynecology, pediatrics, pharmacology, nutrition and foodstuff, and plenty of different fields of medication.
This e-book good points thousands of passages from Greek and Roman authors, with mild counsel from McKeown, giving a vividly direct photo of the traditional scientific international, an international during which, for instance, a health professional needed to be strong-minded adequate to disregard the screams of his sufferer, illnesses have been assumed to be despatched by means of the gods, drugs and magic have been usually indistinguishable, and no skills have been required earlier than surroundings oneself up as a physician. however, McKeown finds that a few old clinical attitudes have been additionally unusually just like our personal. past the perform of drugs, McKeown highlights historical perspectives on frequent themes, akin to clinical ethics and the function of the health care provider in society. a desirable exploration of the unusual - and occasionally gruesome - clinical ideals of the prior, A cupboard of historic scientific Curiosities will pride someone with an curiosity within the background of drugs or the traditional world.