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Disease and Medicine in World History is a concise introduction to diverse ideas about diseases and their treatment throughout the world. Drawing on case studies from ancient Egypt to present-day America, Asia and Europe, this survey discusses concepts of sickness and forms of treatment in many cultures.

Sheldon Watts shows that many medical practices in the past were shaped as much by philosophers and metaphysicians as by university-trained doctors and other practitioners.

Subjects covered include:

  • Pharaonic Egypt and the pre-conquest New World
  • the evolution of medical systems in the Middle East
  • health and healing on the Indian subcontinent
  • medicine and disease in China
  • the globalization of disease in the modern world
  • the birth and evolution of modern scientific medicine.

This volume is a landmark contribution to the field of world history. It covers the principal medical systems known in the world, based on extensive original research. Watts raises questions about globalization in medicine and the potential impact of infectious diseases in the present day.

Synopsis:

"Disease and Medicine in World History" is a concise introduction to the diverse ideas about disease and its treatment throughout the world. Drawing on case studies from ancient Egypt to present-day America and Europe, this survey discusses concepts of sickness and forms of treatment in different cultures. Sheldon Watts reveals that medical practices in the past were shaped as much by philosophers and metaphysicians as by surgeons and practitioners. This volume is a landmark contribution to the field of world history. It covers the principal medical systems known in the world, based on extensive original research. Watts raises questions about globalization in medicine and the potential impact of infectious diseases in the present day.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [143]-156) and index.

Table of Contents

Sickness and health, a global concern — Before the advent of acute epidemic diseases : pharaonic Egypt and the preconquest New World : extinct societies — Pluralism in ancient Greece — The evolution of medical systems in the Middle East c. 632 CE to modern times — Health and disease on the Indian subcontinent before 1869 — Medicine and disease in China : concepts and practices from c. 1900 BCE to 1840 CE — The globalization of disease after 1450 — Medicine and disease in the West, 1054-1840 — The birth of modern scientific medicine : the German lands contrasted with the United Kingdom and the British in India — Health and medicine in the world, 1940 to the present.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780415278171
Author:
Watts, S. J.
Publisher:
Routledge
Author:
Watts, Sheldon
Location:
New York
Subject:
Medicine
Subject:
History
Subject:
World health
Subject:
Disease
Subject:
History of medicine
Subject:
Diseases - General
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Health and Medicine-History of Medicine
Series:
Themes in world history
Series Volume:
441c
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9.06x6.38x.59 in. .63 lbs.

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » History of Medicine
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Illnesses
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
History and Social Science » Linguistics » General
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
Humanities » Philosophy » General
Metaphysics » General
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Microbiology

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Product details 176 pages Routledge - English 9780415278171 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Disease and Medicine in World History" is a concise introduction to the diverse ideas about disease and its treatment throughout the world. Drawing on case studies from ancient Egypt to present-day America and Europe, this survey discusses concepts of sickness and forms of treatment in different cultures. Sheldon Watts reveals that medical practices in the past were shaped as much by philosophers and metaphysicians as by surgeons and practitioners. This volume is a landmark contribution to the field of world history. It covers the principal medical systems known in the world, based on extensive original research. Watts raises questions about globalization in medicine and the potential impact of infectious diseases in the present day.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [143]-156) and index.
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