By J.C. McKeown
There are few disciplines as intriguing and forward-looking as medication. regrettably, even though, many sleek practitioners have overlooked the origins in their self-discipline. A cupboard of old scientific Curiosities aspires to treatment this lapse through taking readers again to the early days of Western medication in historic Greece and Rome. Quoting the particular phrases of historical authors, usually from texts that have by no means earlier than been translated into English, J. C. McKeown bargains a desirable glimpse on the origins of surgical procedure, gynecology, pediatrics, pharmacology, vitamin and meals, and plenty of different fields of drugs.
This ebook beneficial properties 1000s of passages from Greek and Roman authors, with mild suggestions from McKeown, giving a vividly direct photo of the traditional clinical global, a global within which, for instance, a medical professional needed to be strong-minded sufficient to disregard the screams of his sufferer, illnesses have been assumed to be despatched through the gods, medication and magic have been usually indistinguishable, and no skills have been required earlier than surroundings oneself up as a physician. nevertheless, McKeown unearths that a few historic scientific attitudes have been additionally strangely just like our personal. past the perform of drugs, McKeown highlights old perspectives on normal issues, corresponding to scientific ethics and the function of the healthcare professional in society. a desirable exploration of the weird - and infrequently gruesome - clinical ideals of the prior, A cupboard of old scientific Curiosities will pride an individual with an curiosity within the historical past of drugs or the traditional world.