By Lois N. Magner
A non-technical, jargon-free presentation of the background of medication from palaeopathology to fresh theories and practices of contemporary medication. It offers a wide-ranging review of Western drugs and an advent to the wealthy and sundry clinical traditions of the close to and much East.;This textual content stresses the main topics within the historical past of medication - putting the trendy event in the framework of historic matters - and it offers clinical heritage as a massive a part of highbrow and social background, delivering scholars with an exam of the sphere that encourages them to question glossy scientific assumptions. components which are much less popular to scholars are highlighted, and case histories characterize broader concerns and tendencies.
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A History of Medicine by Lois N. Magner