By Robert B. Taylor
This new version of White Coat stories presents exciting tales that supply old context to what we do in drugs today—the body’s “holy bone” and the way it bought its identify, a shocking it is because gout looked to be so usual a number of centuries in the past, and the healing misadventure that shortened the lifetime of Eleanor Roosevelt. as well as many new stories, this revised variation includes 128 illustrations, corresponding to photographs of Baron von Münchhausen aloft with cannonballs and Vincent van Gogh’s portrait of his healthcare professional displaying a clue to the painter’s wellbeing and fitness. examine mythical scientific innovators, ailments that modified heritage, health problems of recognized folks, and a few epic error of physicians and scientists. the writer is Robert B. Taylor, MD, Emeritus Professor, Oregon wellbeing and fitness & technology college college of medication, and Professor, jap Virginia scientific college. Dr. Taylor is the writer and editor of greater than 33 scientific books.
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The warfare and general turmoil in continental Europe prompted historian Thomas Cahill to write a book entitled How the Irish Saved Civilization, describing how Christian monks in Ireland transcribed classical texts that were in danger of being lost following the fall of Rome . The title may be a bit hyperbolic, but it conveys the tenor of early medieval times. The Middle Ages were, to be charitable, a quiet time in the history of medicine. In the words of Inglis (p. 49), “After Galen’s death progress ceased, and medicine regressed into sorcery.
Garrison (p. ” On the other hand, we must laud the ancient Romans for one singular advance— their keen attention to public health measures. They valued personal cleanliness and physical exercise. They worked to ensure pure water by building a system of aqueducts, some spanning many miles. They constructed elaborate public baths, such as the Baths of Caracalla in Rome, and they built drains and sewers to remove waste (see Fig. 3). They espoused cremation of the dead. But, again according to Garrison, they did so as part of the cult of Juturna (the goddess of fountains, wells, and springs), producing “hygienic results without medical intention” (p.
347) ranks Hunter as one of the three greatest surgeons of all time, along with Paré and Joseph Lister. ” Moore calls him the “Father of Modern Surgery” . ” (see Fig. 7). A bit of Hunter’s aura must come from the colorful legends that whirl about his memory. He dissected countless cadavers, some provided by professional grave Surgery as an Experimental Science: John Hunter (1728–1793) 19 Fig. png) robbers. According to Reynolds and Stone, he pioneered the modern technique of embalming (p. 316).
White Coat Tales: Medicine's Heroes, Heritage, and Misadventures by Robert B. Taylor