An exploration of medical discoveries-from the ancient Greeks to the present "Always help, or at least do no harm." Following this simple yet revolutionary idea, Hippocrates laid the foundation for modern medicine over two millennia ago. From the Hippocratic Oath to the human genome, from Pasteur's germ theory to the worldwide eradication of smallpox, Medical Firsts brings to life 2,500 years of medical advances and discoveries. Organized chronologically, the book describes each milestone in a vivid capsule history, making it a fascinating and wonderfully readable resource for anyone interested in medicine's past progress and future promise. Robert E. Adler, PhD (Santa Rosa, CA) has worked as a psychologist and science journalist. He writes about a wide variety of scientific and medical topics for New Scientist, Nature, and other publications and is the author of Science Firsts (0-471-40174-9).
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Eight thousand years ago Neolithic people were drilling holes in the skulls of living people. Whatever magical beliefs were involved, this could also have had medicinal purposes; it is taken as the starting point for this book. Part history, part biography it traces the path of medical advance from primitive times until the present day. Well known names appear here: Louis Pasteur, who first proposed the theory of germs, Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin, and more. Other characters are less well-known, though no less important, such as John Snow who worked, amongst other things on curing cholera. The book, which makes the reader grateful to live in the modern era, reflects thorough research and an ability to present scientific matters to the layman with suitable fluency (the author writes regularly for the likes of New Scientist magazine). The book is a valuable edition to a thriving genre: that of books touching in one way or another on the history of science. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Robert E. Adler
ROBERT E. ADLER, PhD, is a psychologist, science journalist, and author of the critically acclaimed Science Firsts. He writes about a wide variety of scientific and medical topics for New Scientist, Nature, and other publications.