Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine

Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine

Roy Porter


"Chock-full of fantastic proof and engaging illustrations."—BooklistAn eminently readable, exciting romp throughout the heritage of our useless and valiant efforts to heal ourselves. Mankind's conflict to stick alive and fit for so long as attainable is our oldest, such a lot common fight. along with his attribute wit and drastically knowledgeable old scope, Roy Porter examines the warfare fought among disorder and medical professionals at the battleground of the flesh from precedent days to the current. He explores the various creative ways that we've got tried to beat sickness throughout the a long time: the altering position of medical professionals, from old healers, apothecaries, and blood-letters to today's execs; the array of gear, from Ayurvedic treatments to the release of Viagra; the advances in surgical procedure, from amputations played via barbers with no anesthetic to today's subtle transplants; and the transformation of hospitals from Christian areas of convalescence to trendy scientific powerhouses. Cleverly illustrated with historical line drawings, the continual diseases of humanity supply brilliant anecdotes for Porter's enlightening tale of medicine's efforts to succeed over an impressive and ever-changing adversary.

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