History of Medicine, Second Edition: A Scandalously Short Introduction

Jacalyn Duffin

© 2010

Jacalyn Duffin's History of Medicine has for ten years been one of the leading texts used to teach medical and nursing students the history of their profession. It has also been widely used in history courses and by general readers. An accessible overview of medical history, this new edition is greatly expanded, including more information on medicine in the United States, Great Britain, and in other European countries. The book continues to be organized conceptually around the major fields of medical endeavor such as anatomy, pharmacology, obstetrics, and psychiatry and has grown to include a new chapter on public health.

Years of pedagogic experience, medical developments, and reader feedback have led to new sections throughout the book on topics including bioethics, forensics, genetics, reproductive technology, clinical trials, and recent outbreaks of BSE, West Nile Virus, SARS, and anthrax. Up to date and filled with pithy examples and teaching tools such as a searchable online bibliography, History of Medicine continues to demonstrate the power of historical research to inform current health care practice and enhance cultural understanding.

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Up to date and filled with pithy examples and teaching tools such as a searchable online bibliography, History of Medicine continues to demonstrate the power of historical research to inform current health care practice and enhance cultural understanding.

History of Medicine, Second Edition: A Scandalously Short Introduction

Jacalyn Duffin

© 2010

Jacalyn Duffin's History of Medicine has for ten years been one of the leading texts used to teach medical and nursing students the history of their profession. It has also been widely used in history courses and by general readers. An accessible overview of medical history, this new edition is greatly expanded, including more information on medicine in the United States, Great Britain, and in other European countries. The book continues to be organized conceptually around the major fields of medical endeavor such as anatomy, pharmacology, obstetrics, and psychiatry and has grown to include a new chapter on public health.

Years of pedagogic experience, medical developments, and reader feedback have led to new sections throughout the book on topics including bioethics, forensics, genetics, reproductive technology, clinical trials, and recent outbreaks of BSE, West Nile Virus, SARS, and anthrax. Up to date and filled with pithy examples and teaching tools such as a searchable online bibliography, History of Medicine continues to demonstrate the power of historical research to inform current health care practice and enhance cultural understanding.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 480 pages
  • Illustrations: 66
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 1.3in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    'The first readers of this History of Medicine should be medical students. As the director of a history of medicine program I welcome this book, for at last I have a good text book to recommend ... It should be bought by, or better still, presented to each Canadian medical student as a reward for acceptance into medical school.'


    Peter Warren
    Canadian Medical Association Journal

    'The facts she's unearthed are often fascinating and her prose is lively and accessible, guaranteeing interesting reading even for those on the receiving end of the stethoscope.'


    Debby Waldman
    Quill and Quire

    'A rollicking ride through the history of medicine ... Each chapter represents the tried-and-true teaching methods of the author ... [these], combined with the author's lucid writing style and often humorous approach, made me envious of Duffin's students.'
    Hughes Evans, Isis

    'Duffin's book is not only concise but also entertaining and enlightening ... a valuable, good-natured overview of a large topic that challenges everyone who teaches the history of medicine to do a better job.'
    Barron H. Lerner, Journal of the History of Medicine

    'This book is a superbly crafted volume readily accessible to the medical students for whom it was intended but equally rewarding to historians of all stripes for its wide-ranging and insightful discussions of the development of medicine from antiquity to Ebola and AIDS ... a reminder of the splendor and fascination of healing and its lengthy and compelling history.'
    Susan E. Lederer, Canadian Bulletin of Medical History

    The book is despite its scope, rather related to the Anglo-American medicine. This can be exploited by teaching that engages students in the classroom and get them to look at the themes in the national, e.g. Norwegian context....As a textbook it is not scandalously short, but fit great, concise, and straightforward. Recommended!
    Charlotte Haug, Journal of Norwegian Medical Association, vol 23: December 2010
  • Author Information

    Jacalyn Duffin is a haematologist and historian who is Professor in the Hannah Chair of the History of Medicine at Queen's University.
  • Table of contents

    Contents
    Illustrations
    Tables
    Acknowledgments
    Preface to the Second Edition

    1. Introduction: Heroes and Villains in the History of Medicine
    2. The Fabricated Body: History of Anatomy
    3. Interrogating Life: History of Physiology
    4. Science of Suffering: History of Pathology
    5. First Do No Harm: History of Treatment, Pharmacology, and Pharmaceuticals
    6. On Becoming and Being a Doctor: Education, Licensing, Payment, and Bioethics
    7. Plagues and Peoples: Epidemic Diseases in History
    8. Why Is Blood Special? Changing Concepts of a Vital Humour
    9. Technology and Disease: Stethoscopes, Hospitals, and Other Gadgets
    10. Work of the Hand: History of Surgery
    11. Women's Medicine and Medicine's Women: History of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women
    12. Wrestling with Demons: History of Psychiatry
    13. No Baby, No Nation: History of Pediatrics
    14. A Many-Faceted Gem: Decline and Rebirth of Family Medicine
    15. When the Patient is Plural: Public and International Health
    16. Sleuthing and Science: How to Research a Question in Medical History

    Appendix A: The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1901-2008
    Appendix B: Resources and Research Tools for the History of Medicine

    1. Important Libraries
    2. Bibliographic Guides to the History of Medicine
    3. Specific Periods in Western Medicine
    4. Non-Western and Alternative Medicines and Their Interfaces
    5. Some Associations, Institutes, and Museums for History of Medicine

    Appendix C: Learning Objectives of This Book
    Index

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