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Medicine: Perspectives in History and Art (Hardcover)

The history of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and quack medicine is told by physicians, patients, nurses, writers, poets, and artists in this wonderful book.


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It is a winner: a slightly quirky, eclectic collection — of paintings, drawings, advertisements, photographs, quotes, anecdotes, history, observations, and comment — that portrays the trials and triumphs of the profession of medicine...If your obsessive-compulsive nature will allow you to absorb the book's wonderful sense of human past, you will have a treasure...My compliments to the author this is indeed much more than a coffee-table book. In this age of slick, too-perfect works, immersion in a book with a dedicated human touch — "a little bit about history, and a lot about people" — is a delight.

— The Journal of the American Medical Association (Nov 1, 2006)

Winner 'Best Gift Book' in the Best Books 2006 Book Awards

— USA Book News (Oct 2006)

"...a superbly produced, lavishly illustrated volume on medicine and its presentation in history and art...This volume is a rich and eminently satisfying feast."

— ForeWord Magazine (Sept/Oct 2006)

About the Book

The history of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and quack medicine is told by physicians, patients, nurses, writers, poets, artists, and many others, through their quotes, letters, and art in order to give readers a chance to understand what medicine was like from the beginning of recorded history. The great discoveries and controversies, as well as the blunders, deceptions, and tragedies are best appreciated in the words and illustrations of those who were there at the time.

  • More than 600 pages in coffee-table size.
  • 500 images of the finest medical art and instruments ever published now in museums and collections around the world—all in full-color.
  • Classic descriptions of disease by the greatest physicians in the history of medicine.
  • Inspiring heroes and detestable scoundrels.
  • Medicine in literature as related by Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Voltaire, Oscar Wilde, Beethoven, and many others.
  • An extensive glossary of early medical terms.
  • The vast majority of these illustrations are previously unpublished.
  • Original 19th century daguerreotypes of procedures and diseases.
MedicalHistoryandArt.com: A history of medicine, dentistry, apothecary, quackery, and art.

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Full refund, less postage, will be made within 30 days if book remains in as new condition.

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