The History of Medicine
A Beginner's Guide
A doctor by training, and a historian, Mark Jackson’s thought-provoking history of medicine describes surgical, medical and psychiatric triumphs – and setbacks – from antiquity to the present, but also explores the social, cultural, political and military determinants of health and healing.
An Imperfect Science
Opened in 2019, the Wellcome Galleries at the Science Museum, London, bring together the personal collection of Henry Wellcome and the Museum’s own medical holdings to provide the world’s most extensive display of the history of medicine. Arranged in ten chapters that reflect the interests of the curators, the book covers topics including protheses, military medicine, iron lungs and psychiatry, and illustrates artefacts as diverse as moles’ feet amulets (to ward off cramp) and a 21st century athlete’s running blade.
The Mighty Healer
Thomas Holloway's Victorian Patent Medicine Empire
Selling the ‘cure-alls’ he made by bottling leftover cooking grease in the kitchen of his parents' Cornish pub set Thomas Holloway on the road to becoming one of the richest self-made men in Victorian England. Here the author (a distant cousin) explores the rise and fall of his patent medicine empire and reveals how he used his millions to build the enormous Gothic college that still bears his name.
Sobotta Atlas of Human Anatomy
The Sobotta Atlas covers human anatomy in detail with almost 2,000 figures, including X-ray, MRI and CT images, endoscopic images, and colour photographs. Designed specifically for medical school courses, the Atlas is organized by body regions in colour-coded chapters with introductory overviews, and it includes a quick reference booklet with tables of muscles, joints and nerves. Each book includes a PIN number that gives access to Sobotta online.
The Disordered Mind
What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves
Eric R Kandel, recipient of a Nobel Prize for his pioneering research, demonstrates how studies of brain disorders, including autism, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease, have improved our understanding of the close connections between neurological and psychiatric illnesses. He discusses the ways in which these findings are not only contributing to the development of effective treatments but are also helping to explain the mysterious origins of consciousness and creativity in the intricate interactions of brain cells.
Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer
Why doesn’t the immune system fight cancer the way it does other diseases? Told through the experiences of patients, doctors and immunotherapy researchers, this is the story of the game-changing scientific discoveries that unleash our natural ability to recognize and defeat cancer.
A Short History of Medicine
From herbal treatments, primitive dentistry and trepanning in prehistory to gene therapy, bionic prosthetics and the ‘ticking time bomb’ of antibiotic resistance in the 21st century, Steve Parker’s history aims to provide ‘non-technical insights into the intrinsically fascinating, occasionally horrifying, and always captivating subject of medicine’.
Adventures in Human Being
Blending anatomical description with stories from the author’s own experience as a doctor, this award-winning book takes the reader on a tour of the human body, from the brain to the ‘marvel of engineering’ that is the foot. As he unravels the mysteries of each structure and organ, Gavin Francis also explains how the body has been imagined, understood and given meaning since ancient times.
A Crash Course
With the aid of clear diagrams, this volume offers simple explanations of how our bodies function. After looking at the structure of the brain and facial features, it discusses how our organs work, before considering individual limbs and the complex anatomy of feet. Part of the Crash Course series, the book contains 52 concise articles, each one offering an overview of a main concept and a closer look at a particular aspect of it. Also included are timelines of major events and biographies of leading figures in the field.
The 50 Crucial Milestones, Treatments and Technologies in the History of Health, Each Explained in Half a Minute
From pre-modern healers to those pioneering cutting-edge techniques such as the 3D bioprinting of cells, this illustrated introduction explains 50 medical topics in 30-seconds each. The succinct essays cover drugs, diseases and procedures as well as different technologies and landmark advances including dialysis, bionic organs and keyhole surgery.
The Most Effective Ways to Defeat Chronic Pain Now!
Following analysis of the causes of chronic pain, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, and neuropathic and cancer-related pain, this volume takes a closer look at the available treatments. It explains how different types of medication work, with an objective look at their benefits and side effects; explores options such as alternative and physical therapies; and outlines how stress affects our perception of pain.
The 50 Most Significant Nutrition-Related Facts, Each Explained in Half a Minute
Part of the 30-second series, this book summarizes 50 key ideas in paragraphs of about 300 words (with a picture) contributed by an expert in the field. The concise essays, including discussion of different dietary choices and how nutritional needs change, are accompanied by ‘3-second biographies’ of significant figures and an extra ‘3-minute’ section that provides further context and insight.