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The Making of Modern Medicine (Radio Collection) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Andrew Cunningham
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5 Mar 2007 Radio Collection
This major new "Radio 4" series charts the development of Western medicine and healing from the ancient Greeks to the pioneering organ transplant operations of the 20th Century and beyond. The "Making of Modern Medicine" covers over 2000 years of medical history and draws on a vast range of original sources from diaries, medical journals and stage satires to shed light on the experiences of physicians, surgeons, nurses and patients. From classical beliefs about illness that would dominate medical thinking for centuries, through to the rise of the great hospitals and the work of the Renaissance anatomists, this fascinating and entertaining series reveals how, in the early 19th Century, modern scientific medicine was born out of a medical 'Big Bang' erupting from the white heat of the French Revolution, which would lead to clinical medicine as we know it today. Written and presented by Andrew Cunningham, an authority on social and scientific medical history, it includes a wide variety of highly illustrative extracts read by acclaimed actors including Tamsin Greig, Annette Badland, David Rintoul and Peter Capaldi. Whether you're interested in what it was like to be ill in earlier times, the emergence of women in medicine, the advent of the stethoscope, or the development of antibiotic treatment, this series offers an entertaining and thought-provoking insight into these and many other medical issues.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (5 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846071585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846071584
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 12.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 661,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 10 Feb 2012
By Jeanne
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I first heard this serialised on Radio Four but missed a couple of episodes. Although I have nothing to do with the medical world, I found this absolutely fascinating. I am now catching up on the bits I missed and relistening to the rest. If you like history and social history in particular, this is well worth buying - very easy listening (and read so well by the author, who has the perfect radio voice). I cannot recommend this highly enough to both medical and non-medical listeners - I gave it to several people (some medical, some not) for Christmas and they all loved it too...Recommend you listen in 15 minutes chunks, as with the Radio Four series...Just brilliant. Savour it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent history of medicine resource 26 Dec 2011
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I used this to augment my Open University course, A218 'Medicine and Society in Europe.' It was included in the online study planner but having it on CD meant I could listen away from a PC and load the episodes to my iPod.
Cunningham hits the right balance between providing useful important information and entertaining listening.
He narrates it very well and is accompanied by actors who bring quotes to life.
For anyone interested in the History of Medicine since Hippocrates and Galen this is a must-have resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent purchase 24 July 2013
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Interesting and enjoyable. My wife, a former nurse, has been fascinated by the detail and listened to it for long stretches at a time.
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