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"It is a book by historians about the social and scientific history of medicine. It gives special attention to the past 200 years but also surveys primitive medicine, dating to prehistory. The book is both lucid and readable and ought to be of wide interest."
New England Journal of Medicine, Robert N. Tyson, M.D., University of Washington

"Porter and the other authors of the volume try to present a balanced view of modern medicine, pointing to both its achievements, such as the triumph over contagious diseases, and its problems, such as its overwhelming cost. There is much in this book that is interesting and worth learning about."
H-Histsex, Robin Ganev, Department of History, University of Regina

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The Cambridge History of Medicine surveys the rise of medicine in the West from classical times to the present. Covering both the social and scientific history of medicine, this 2006 volume traces the chronology of key developments and events, engaging with the issues, discoveries, and controversies that have characterized medical progress.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A comprehensive primer in medical history, albeit a disjointed one. 22 July 2008
By Andrew J. Degnan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Cambridge history of Medicine is an anthology of essays on different periods and aspects of medical history. Contrary to what might be expected, this book covers a wide range of topics and includes much modern discussion. Included in this work is a vast history from the development of ancient medicine to the history of the rise of modern forms of medical care.

What Porter and the contributing authors do well is portray the history of medicine in a sociopolitical context - there is not an emphasis on the doldrums of history, that is, if one is looking for a history book filled with dates, timelines, and minutiae, they have the wrong book. This work certainly has much variability in the quality and levity of writing as would be expected for such a broad compilation, nevertheless, it was difficult to find concordance between the different chapters contained within it.

Nevertheless, it is hard to find a book of medical history matching its breadth, depth, and diversity.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Horrible service 4 Nov 2012
By Frankie e - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've been waiting a month they keep telling me its a postal error and yet they sent a second book to be quiet honest I don't even want it any more this company was a big turn off
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