Disease and Medicine in World History
By (author) Sheldon J. Watts
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Disease and Medicine in World History by Sheldon J. Watts
Book DescriptionDisease and Medicine in World History is a concise introduction to diverse ideas about diseases and their treatment throughout the world. Drawing on case studies from ancient Egypt to present-day America, Asia and Europe, this survey discusses concepts of sickness and forms of treatment in many cultures. Sheldon Watts shows that many medical practices in the past were shaped as much by philosophers and metaphysicians as by university-trained doctors and other practitioners. Subjects covered include: * Pharaonic Egypt and the pre-conquest New World * the evolution of medical systems in the Middle East * health and healing on the Indian subcontinent * medicine and disease in China * the globalization of disease in the modern world * the birth and evolution of modern scientific medicine. This volume is a landmark contribution to the field of world history. It covers the principal medical systems known in the world, based on extensive original research. Watts raises questions about globalization in medicine and the potential impact of infectious diseases in the present day.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415278171
(234mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 19-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Sheldon J. Watts
Epidemics and History, Paperback (September 1999)» View all books by Sheldon J. Watts
A study of the great epidemic scourges of humanity over the last six centuries. It examines the connections between the movement of epidemics and the manifestations of imperial power in the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe, showing how perceptions of whom a disease targeted changed over time.
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Author Biography - Sheldon J. Watts
Sheldon Watts is a visiting professor of history at the American University in Cairo. He is the author of Epidemics and History: Disease, Power and Imperialism (Yale, 1997).
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