'[A] massive, richly detailed and impressive overview of the past two centuries …'. The Lancet
'As this book shows, traditions in medicine and science can have a powerful influence on how health care is shaped for the future. I therefore recommend the book to anyone with a serious interest in understanding the interactions between social and scientific events that have formed modern medicine.' Nature
'Bynum does produce a social framework within which the rise of scientific medicine makes sense. … the final chapter provides one of the first historical summaries of medicinal developments in the post-war period.' The Times Literary Supplement
'This section will challenge many, if not most, honours students, but will be ultimately very rewarding for them (and their teachers). Jacyna skilfully deconstructs the ideological role of professional elites and medical heroes, and is tellingly sensitive to the historical significance of the lower ranks of the profession as the 'shock troops of the bourgeois revolution.' Medical History
Written by leading experts in the field, this book, first published in 2006, describes the most important people, events, and transformations in the past two centuries of Western medicine. This volume is an authoritative source of new information as well as a synthesis of the current state of knowledge on this fascinating subject.