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The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Hailed as "a remarkable achievement" (Boston Sunday Globe) and as "a triumph: simultaneously entertaining and instructive, witty and thought-provoking . . . a splendid and thoroughly engrossing book" (Los Angeles Times), Roy Porter's charting of the history of medicine affords us an opportunity as never before to assess its culture and science and its costs and benefits to mankind. Porter explores medicine's evolution against the backdrop of the wider religious, scientific, philosophical, and political beliefs of the culture in which it develops, covering ground from the diseases of the hunter-gatherers to today's threat of AIDS and ebola, from the clearly defined conviction of the Hippocratic oath to the muddy ethical dilemmas of modern-day medicine. Offering up a treasure trove of historical surprises along the way, this book "has instantly become the standard single-volume work in its field" (The Lancet). "The author's perceptiveness is, as usual, scalpel-sharp; his manner genially bedside; his erudition invigorating." - Simon Schama

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"To combine enormous knowledge with a delightful style and a highly idiosyncratic point of view is Roy Porter's special gift, and it makes [this] book . . . alive and fascinating and provocative on every page."--Oliver Sacks, M.D.

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Porter's charting of the history of medicine affords readers the opportunity as never before to assess its culture and science and its costs and benefits to humankind. "A splendid and thoroughly engrossing book."--"L.A. Times." of illustrations.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 719-764) and index.

About the Author

The late Roy Porter was professor of the history of medicine at University College, London. His books include The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393319804
Author:
Porter, Roy
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Medicine
Subject:
History
Subject:
Social medicine
Subject:
Medicine -- History.
Subject:
Social medicine -- History.
Subject:
Health and Medicine-History of Medicine
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Series:
The Norton History of Science
Series Volume:
1999-22
Publication Date:
19991031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 pages of b/w illustrations
Pages:
872
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6.2 x 1.4 in 2.31 lb

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"Synopsis" by , "To combine enormous knowledge with a delightful style and a highly idiosyncratic point of view is Roy Porter's special gift, and it makes [this] book . . . alive and fascinating and provocative on every page."--Oliver Sacks, M.D.
"Synopsis" by , Porter's charting of the history of medicine affords readers the opportunity as never before to assess its culture and science and its costs and benefits to humankind. "A splendid and thoroughly engrossing book."--"L.A. Times." of illustrations.
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