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Author Adler, Robert E., 1946- author

Title Medical firsts : from Hippocrates to the human genome / Robert E. Adler
Published Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, [2004]


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 W'BOOL  610.9 Adl/Mff  AVAILABLE
Description vii, 232 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
regular print
Series Otto Hirschfeld Memorial Collection
Otto Hirschfeld Memorial Collection
Contents 1. Hippocrates: a principle and a method - 2. Herophilus and Erasistratus: the light that failed - 3. Marcus Varro: the germ of an idea - 4. Soranus: the birthing doctor - 5. Galen of Pergamon: combative genius - 6. The enlightened mind of Abu Bakr al-Razi - 7. Ibn al-Nafis, Glen's nemesis - 8. Paracelsus: renaissance rebel - 9. Andreas Vesalius: driven to dissection - 10. Johann Weyer: a voice of sanity in an insane world - 11. William Harvey and the movements of the heart - 12. Edward Jenner, a friend of humanity - 13. Such stuff as dreams are made on: the discovery of anesthesia -14. Antisepsis: awakening from a nightmare - 15. The quiet Dr. Snow - 16. Pasteur and the germ theory of disease - 17. Out of the corner of his eye: Roentgen discovers x-rays - 18. Sigmund Freud's dynamic unconscious -19. Beyond bacteria: Ivanovsky's discovery of viruses - 20. The prepared mind of Alexander Fleming - 21. Margaret Sanger and the pill - 22. Organ transplantation, a legacy of life - 23. A baby's cry: the birth of in vitro fertilization - 24. Humanity eradicates a disease - smallpox -for the first time - 25. Cannibals, kuru and mad cows: a new kind of plague - 26. Self, non-self and danger: deciphering the immune system - 27. Discovery can't wait: deciding the human genome - 28. Into the future
Summary Publisher description: 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
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 216-225) and index
Subject Hippocrates.
Medicine -- History -- Miscellanea.
Medical innovations -- History -- Miscellanea.
History of Medicine.
Physicians -- history.
Microbiology -- history.
Genetics -- history.
Genre/Form Biography.
Trivia and miscellanea.
LC no. 2003014212
ISBN 0471401757 (Cloth)