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The Greatest Benefit to Mankind free pdf Medicine advances ever faster, and with it not just a capacity to overcome sickness, but to transform the very nature of life. Starting in ancient times, this text charts how this health revolution came about and how life for human beings in the West has ceased, in Hobbes' memorable phrase, to be "nasty, brutish and short." Porter plots the growth of medical specialisms - pharmacology, physiology, anatomy, neurology, bacteriology - and the institutions of medicine - the hospital and asylum - to show how medical advances have often created as many problems as they have solved. The book also shows how the ancient Egyptians treated incipient baldness with a mixture of hippopotamus, lion, crocodile, goose, snake and ibex fat- how a mystery epidemic devastated ancient Athens and brought to an end the domination of that great city- and how lemons did as much as Nelson to defeat Napolean.

About Roy Porter

Roy Porter is Professor of the Social History of Medicine at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Science. He is the editor of the Fontana History of Science series, and the author of over sixty-five books, including, most recently, the acclaimed bestseller, London: A Social History. His book on the history of madness in England, Mind-Forg'd Manacles, won the Leo Gershoy Prize.

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Author : Roy Porter
Publisher : Fontana Press
Data Published : 01 February 1999
ISBN : 0006374549
EAN : 9780006374541
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 848 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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