The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity (The Norton History of Science)

The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity (The Norton History of Science)

Roy Porter


"To mix huge, immense wisdom with a pleasant sort and a hugely idiosyncratic viewpoint is Roy Porter's targeted present, and it makes [this] publication . . . alive and engaging and provocative on each page."—Oliver Sacks, M.D.

Hailed as "a striking fulfillment" (Boston Sunday Globe) and as "a triumph: at the same time enjoyable and instructive, witty and thought-provoking . . . a excellent and punctiliously engrossing ebook" (Los Angeles Times), Roy Porter's charting of the background of medication provides us a chance as by no means ahead of to evaluate its tradition and technology and its expenditures and advantages to mankind. Porter explores medicine's evolution opposed to the backdrop of the broader spiritual, medical, philosophical, and political views of the tradition within which it develops, masking floor from the ailments of the hunter-gatherers to contemporary danger of AIDS and ebola, from the truly outlined conviction of the Hippocratic oath to the muddy moral dilemmas of modern day drugs. delivering up a treasure trove of historic surprises alongside the best way, this e-book "has immediately develop into the traditional single-volume paintings in its box" (The Lancet). "The author's perceptiveness is, as ordinary, scalpel-sharp; his demeanour genially bedside; his erudition invigorating." - Simon Schama 24 pages of b/w illustrations

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