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The “History of Medicine” display highlights titles from the collection that describe the history of medicine from Hippocrates to the human genome. See how we have dealt with plagues, cholera, polio and other diseases that have plagued mankind
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Medical firsts : from Hippocrates to the human genome
Call Number: R133 .A43 2004 4th floor
ISBN: 0471401757
An exploration of medical discoveries-from the ancient Greeks to the present
"Always help, or at least do no harm." Following this simple yet revolutionary idea, Hippocrates laid the foundation for modern medicine over two millennia ago. From the Hippocratic Oath to the human genome, from Pasteur's germ theory to the worldwide eradication of smallpox, Medical Firsts brings to life 2,500 years of medical advances and discoveries. Organized chronologically, the book describes each milestone in a vivid capsule history, making it a fascinating and wonderfully readable resource for anyone interested in medicine's past progress and future promise.

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Great feuds in medicine : ten of the liveliest disputes ever
Call Number: online AND R133 .H455 2001 4th floor
ISBN: 0471347574
"Highlighting both famous and lesser-known clashes, Hellman offers a unique look at medical history. Hellman also reviews the beneficial effects of scientific controversy." "By shedding light on these feuds, Hellamn reveals how our lives might have been different had these medical discoveries - and the disputes that followed - never occurred. Great Feuds in Medicine reveals that quarrels are not only typical of, but often necessary to, the progress of medicine."

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Science and technology in medicine : an illustrated account based on ninety-nine landmark publications from five centuries
ISBN: 0387278745
Science and Technology in Medicine offers a window into the past that illustrates ninety-nine significant scientific and technologic discoveries over the last five centuries and how they have impacted the advancement and practice of modern medicine. Andras Gedeon's essays on ninety-nine landmark articles from the scientific literature both chronicle and put into context some of the most significant scientific and technologic discoveries and their impact on the evolution of Medicine. Each essay includes excerpts from, and a summary of, the original publication; a short biography of the author(s); and a discussion of subsequent developments. Original material from the likes of Durer, Bernoulli, Doppler, Pasteur, Trendelenburg, Curie and Roentgen offers readers a rare glimpse at publications housed in archives around the world, beautifully reproduced and lavishly illustrated in one fascinating volume.

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A History of Medicine
Call Number: Online AND R131 .M179 4th floor
ISBN: 0824786734
A textbook for a one-semester graduate or undergraduate course on the history of medicine. Stresses the major themes of medicine from prehistoric paleopathology to modern notions, including those of the near and far East.

A History of Medicine - Douglas Guthrie
Call Number: R131 .G8 1946

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Blood & Guts : A short history of medicine - Roy Porter
Call Number: R131 .P587 2003 4th floor
ISBN: 0393037622
Mankind's battle to stay alive and healthy for as long as possible is our oldest, most universal, and most formidable struggle. In Blood and Guts, Roy Porter explores the many ingenious ways in which we have attempted to overcome disease through the ages: the changing role of doctors, from ancient healers, apothecaries, and blood-letters to today's professionals; the array of drugs, from Ayurvedic remedies to the launch of Viagra; the advances in surgery, from amputations performed by barbers without anesthesia to today's sophisticated transplants; and the transformation of hospitals, from Christian places of convalescence to modern medical powerhouses." "With his characteristic wit and vastly informed historical scope, Porter examines the war fought between disease and doctors on the battleground of the flesh from ancient times to the present. Startlingly illustrated with historic line drawings, the agonies of the ailing provide vivid anecdotes for Porter's enlightening story of medicine's progressive efforts to prevail over a formidable and ever-changing adversary

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The greatest benefit to mankind : a medical history of humanity from Antiquity to the Present - Roy Porter
Call Number: R131 .P59 1997 4th floor
ISBN: 0393046346
In a rare blend of erudition and entertainment, Porter charts the revolutionary history of medicine. This book promises to be the standard single-volume work on its subject for years to come. 40 photos.

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Happy accidents : serendipity in modern medical breakthroughs - Morton A. Meyers
Call Number: R149 .M49 2007 4th floor
ISBN: 1559708190
This is Morton Meyers' fascinating, entertaining, and highlyaccessible look at the surprising role serendipity played in some of themost important medical discoveries in the 20th century. Though within thescientific community a certain stigma is attached to chance discoverybecause it is wrongly seen as pure luck, happy accidents happen every dayand Meyers shows how it takes intelligence, insight, and creativity torecognize a "Eureka! I found what I wasn't look for!" moment and know whatto do next. Penicillin, chemotherapy drugs, X-rays, Valium, the Pap smear,and Viagra were all discovered accidentally, stumbled upon in search ofsomething else. In discussing these medical breakthroughs and others, Dr.Meyers makes a cogent, highly engaging argument for a more creative, ratherthan purely linear, approach to science.

Jenner's Smallpox Vaccine : The riddle of Vaccinia Virus and its origin - Derrick Baxby
Call Number: R489 .J5 B383 4th floor
ISBN: 0435540572

Health and Illness : Images of Differences - Sander L. Gilman
Call Number: R133 .G525 1995 4th floor
ISBN: 0422794201
Calnan attempts to analyze theories and research that explain how laypersons view health, disease prevention, disease, and illness. He bases many of his conclusions on the descriptive data he gathered from comparing the health beliefs of British women who came from professional backgrounds with those from semiskilled or unskilled backgrounds. Although this study may not be representative of lay views of health and illness because of its focus on British women, the author does an excellent job of pulling together prior research and raising questions about current professional views of the public's acceptance and attitudes regarding health and medical care. The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 examines the lay conceptions of health including the value of health, concepts of health by social class, lay assessments of health threats and health control, and lay beliefs about responsibility for health and the prevention of disease. Part 2 focuses on lay models of illness and definitions of illness behaviors. The study offers good insight into how individuals maintain health, decide to seek health or medical care, and how satisfied laypersons are with National Health Service in the UK. The work contains a brief bibliography. A unique, well-written, and insightful volume that is must reading for all professionals and students interested in health care. Also appropriate for general readers interested in the health care issues

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