Medicine before Science
The Business of Medicine from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment
By (author) Roger French
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Medicine before Science by Roger French
Book DescriptionThis book offers an introduction to the history of university-trained physicians from the middle ages to the eighteenth-century Enlightenment. These were the elite, in reputation and rewards, and they were successful. Yet we can form little idea of their clinical effectiveness, and to modern eyes their theory and practice often seems bizarre. But the historical evidence is that they were judged on other criteria, and the argument of this book is that these physicians helped to construct the expectations of society - and met them accordingly. The main focus is on the European Latin tradition of medicine, reconstructed from ancient sources and relying heavily on natural philosophy for its explanatory power. This philosophy collapsed in the 'scientific revolution', and left the learned and rational doctor in crisis. The book concludes with an examination of how this crisis was met - or avoided - in different parts of Europe during the Enlightenment.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521809771
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Roger French
Practical Medicine from Salerno to the Black Death, Paperback (July 2010)
Essays on the practical aspects of medieval European medicine.
Medical Revolution of the Seventeenth Century, Paperback (November 2008)
This book considers the underlying forces which helped to produce a revolution in seventeenth-century medicine.
William Harvey's Natural Philosophy, Paperback (November 2006)» View all books by Roger French
This is the first full study for over twenty-five years of William Harvey's doctrine of the action of the heart and of the circulation of the blood.
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Author Biography - Roger French
Roger French is Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Clare Hall.
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