A Brief History of Medicine: From Hippocrates to Gene Therapy (Brief Histor…



Paperback original The foundations for the scientific study of the body and modern Western medicine as we know it started with William Harvey’s discovery of the circulatory system in the early 17th century. But its roots stretch back into Ancient Greece, when medicine first departed from the divine and the mystical and moved toward observation and logic. Real progress was a long time coming, held back by the taboo around dissection – only external symptoms could be used for diagnosis – as…

Pain: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)



What is pain? Has the experience of pain always been the same? How is pain related to the emotions, to culture, and to pleasure? What happens to us when we feel pain? How does pain work in the body and in the brain? In this Very Short Introduction, Rob Boddice explores the history, culture, and medical science of pain. Charting the shifting meanings of pain across time and place, he focusses on how the experience and treatment of pain have changed. He describes historical hierarchies of pain…

Medieval Medicine: Its Mysteries and Science



Conjuring up a time when butchers and executioners knew more about anatomy than university-trained physicians, the phrase `medieval medicine’ sounds horrific to those of us with modern ideas on hygiene, instant pain relief and effective treatments. In those days no one could allay the dread of plague or the many other horrible diseases we have now forgotten. However, the medieval medical profession provided patients with everything from cosmetic procedures and dietary advice to life-saving…

Murderous Contagion: A Human History of Disease


Disease is the true serial killer of human history: the horrors of bubonic plague, cholera, syphilis, smallpox, tuberculosis and the like have claimed more lives and caused more misery than the depredations of warfare, famine and natural disasters combined.

Murderous Contagion tells the compelling and at times unbearably moving story of the devastating impact of diseases on humankind – from the Black Death of the 14th century to the Spanish flu of 1918-19 and the AIDS epidemic of the modern…

The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine



The Web That Has No Weaver is the classic, comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of Chinese alternative medicine. This accessible and invaluable resource has earned its place as the foremost authority in synthesizing Wester and Eastern healing practices.

This revised edition is the product of years of further reflection on ancient Chinese sources and active involvement in cutting-edge scientific research.