Physicians, Plagues and Progress
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Physicians, Plagues and Progress : The History of Western Medicine from Antiquity to Antibiotics

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Since the dawn of time, man has sought to improve his health and that of his neighbour. The human race, around the world, has been on a long and complex journey, seeking to find out how our bodies work, and what heals them. Embarking on a four-thousand-year odyssey, science historian Allan Chapman brings to life the origin and development of medicine and surgery. Writing with pace and rigorous accuracy, he investigates how we have battled against injury and disease, and provides a gripping and highly readable account of the various victories and discoveries along the way. Drawing on sources from across Europe and beyond, Chapman discusses the huge contributions to medicine made by the Greeks, the Romans, the early medieval Arabs, and above all by Western Christendom, looking at how experiment, discovery, and improving technology impact upon one another to produce progress. This is a fascinating, insightful read, enlivened with many colourful characters and memorable stories of inspired experimenters, theatrical surgeons, student pranks, body-snatchers, "mad-doctors", quacks, and charitable benefactors.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 608 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 43.18mm | 839.15g
  • Lion Hudson Plc
  • Lion Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745968953
  • 9780745968957
  • 26,776

About Allan Chapman

Allan Chapman teaches History of Science at the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and author of ten books, including Gods in the Sky and Robert Hooke and the English Renaissance, Slaying the Dragons and Stargazers. He has appeared in history of science documentaries on BBC2, Channels 4 and 5, and National Geographic, as well as appearing on BBC TV's 'Sky at Night' programme.show more

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"A pleasant tour through some of the episodes in the dialog between faith and science; excellent for seminaries and individual readers." --Library Journal on Slaying the Dragonsshow more

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